We are pleased to announce the launch of a new project implemented by HarvestPlus and supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The project is aimed at addressing the persistent issue of hidden hunger in Bangladesh and Uganda. Hidden hunger, a condition affecting more than two billion people primarily in low- and middle-income countries, arises from a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in daily diets, leading to serious health consequences including stunting, weakened immunity, and even deaths.

HarvestPlus, a global leader in biofortification, is spearheading this initiative to increase the nutrient value of staple foods crucial for ensuring the well-being of communities. The project will focus on rural areas and regions affected by poverty in Bangladesh and Uganda, where high rates of micronutrient deficiencies have been identified.

In Bangladesh, the project will concentrate on the distribution of zinc rice, while in Uganda, it will focus on vitamin A maize, vitamin A sweet potato, and iron beans. HarvestPlus will collaborate with local seed cooperatives and larger seed corporations to ensure the widespread adoption of biofortified seed varieties. By enabling farmers to grow and sell biofortified crops, the project not only addresses immediate nutritional needs but also strengthens beneficiaries’ capacity to care for their own long-term requirements. Through increased income and improved livelihoods, especially for women and youth, the project seeks to create sustainable pathways out of hidden hunger.

Furthermore, the project will provide comprehensive training on best agricultural practices to empower smallholder farmers to improve climate resilience, increase yields, and boost profits. Leveraging existing partnerships with the ministries of agriculture in both countries, HarvestPlus aims to reach 38,000 farmers in Bangladesh and 20,000 farmers in Uganda over a 12-month period.

The primary aim of the project is to enhance nutrition security and improve livelihood opportunities for vulnerable populations. Through increased access to nutritionally enriched and climate-smart (biofortified) planting material, augmented production of biofortified crops, and the establishment of an enabling environment for biofortified foods, HarvestPlus aims to make a tangible difference in the lives of those affected by hidden hunger.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and HarvestPlus are set to make a significant impact in the fight against hidden hunger in Bangladesh and Uganda. By leveraging its expertise in biofortification and collaborating with local stakeholders, HarvestPlus remains committed to improving the nutrition and well-being of communities worldwide.