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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