Biofortification Priority Index (BPI)

A new interactive tool helps identify where and for which staple crops biofortification can make the greatest impact on micronutrient deficiencies. 

The website, based on the HarvestPlus Biofortification Priority Index (BPI), is a user-friendly tool designed to guide strategic decisions for investment, policy, and practice pertaining to the introduction and scaling of biofortified staples.

Biofortification targets rural families in developing countries relying on homegrown, inexpensive but not very nourishing staple foods like rice, wheat, or maize. The biofortification process allows rural families to grow and consume varieties of these crops that are rich in vitamin A, iron, or zinc—three of the micronutrients identified by the World Health Organization as most critical for health. 

HarvestPlus developed the BPI in 2013 to ensure efforts to develop and deliver biofortified crops by HarvestPlus and its partners were as targeted, cost-effective, and impactful as possible. Using the most recent national-level data on eating and growing patterns as well as micronutrient deficiency rates, the BPI ranks 128 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean regions according to their potential for biofortification for eight different crop-micronutrient combinations. The result is a clear prioritization of where biofortified crop interventions are most suitable.  

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Where vitamin A, iron, or zinc deficiencies are prevalent micronutrient deficiency subindex
Where certain crops are produced production subindex
Where certain crops are consumed consumption subindex
Ensuring the greatest health impact for the target population* population-weighted BPI
Seed multiplication and marketing land area-weighted BPI
Where biofortifying a specific crop will make the most difference BPI maps
Which crops would be most impactful to biofortify in a certain country country pages
Where biofortified crops are currently available BPI maps

*target population: women of reproductive age (15-49 years) and children under five living in rural areas

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