Hidden Hunger…Hidden No More?

The HarvestPlus story is one of perseverance. 15 years ago, biofortification was a powerful, but unproven idea with potential. Now this innovative solution is sowing hope for millions of families and farmers—and receiving validation from influential voices across the global health and development community.

  • The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition’s policy brief on biofortification, recognizes it as a promising strategy to address micronutrient deficiency.  
  • A Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System report discusses biofortification as an opportunity to produce more nutrient-dense foods
  • The 2016 Global Nutrition Report highlighted biofortification’s role in combating hidden hunger and achieving dietary goals.
  • Biofortification is included in the African Development Bank’s Nutrition Strategy
  • For their pioneering work developing micronutrient-rich crops, four researchers received the 2016 World Food Prize: HarvestPlus Founder Dr. Howdy Bouis, and the International Potato Center’s Dr. Maria Andrade, Dr. Robert Mwanga, and Dr. Jan Low.
  • Time magazine listed vitamin A sweet potato among the 25 best inventions of 2016
  • The Malabo Montpellier Panel of international agriculture experts underscored the role of biofortification in a 2017 report highlighting policies and practices that, if scaled, could have significant impact on nutrition, child survival and development
  • World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice Report identifies biofortification as a pathway to influence diet quality
  • The United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition discusses the role of agriculture and biofortification in the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition
  • Biofortification highlighted as a policy increasing nutrition in a 2017 report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security
  • FAO’s Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems in Practice 2017 report includes biofortification as an intervention with the potential to improve nutrition
  • In 2017, we were named a Food Innovator by LAUNCH, a program founded by NASA, USAID, the US Department of State and Nike to build a community of innovators scaling solutions for positive change.
  • The African Journal of Food and Nutrition Development and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences devoted special issues to biofortification in 2017, which summarize the evidence landscape and suggest the way forward.
  • In recognition of our impact, we were inducted into USAID’s coveted Million Lives Club in 2017.
  • Following a rigorous evaluation that began with 1,904 applications, we reached the final four of the MacArthur Foundation’s100&Change competition. Our proposal was endorsed as an impactful intervention to alleviate hidden hunger and awarded US$15 million.
  • The African Development Bank welcomed our founder, Dr. Howdy Bouis to the African Leaders for Nutrition initiative as a champion in May 2018.
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