varieties of biofortified crops released so far in 30 countries
It all starts with a seed.
Plant breeding is the genetic improvement of a crop to develop new varieties with desirable characteristics, or “traits.” For biofortified crops, which have enriched nutrient traits, breeding requires a multidisciplinary approach involving experts in agricultural science, nutrition, public health, and consumer marketing.
Why? Biofortification is successful when developed varieties not only have the targeted nutritional content but also several other traits demanded by farmers—such as competitive yield, drought and heat tolerance, and pest and disease resistance—and by consumers (such as taste, texture, and cooking time). All of these factors are taken into consideration in the development phase.
HarvestPlus, with CGIAR and national crop breeding partners, takes a a demand-driven approach. Smallholder farmers are involved in testing and final selection of crop varieties which are then officially released by national governments for use.
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Early Maturing, High Yielding
High Yielding, Resistant to Diseases, Resistant to Pests
Drought Tolerant, High Yielding, Virus Resistant
Vitamin A Orange Sweet Potato
Adapted to target area of eastern plains, High Yielding, Resistant to Diseases
High Yielding, Virus Resistant
Heat & Drought Resistant, High Yielding, Resistant to Pests, Virus Resistant
Grows well even in poor soil conditions, High Yielding, Virus Resistant
Vitamin A Cassava
Drought Tolerant, High Yielding, Mildew Resistant
Iron Pearl Millet
Drought Tolerant, High Yielding, Resistant to Diseases, Virus Resistant