Can we really rid the world of hunger and malnutrition in under a decade? The Nourishing Millions podcast series, undertaken in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Public Health, features the latest groundbreaking thinking about nutrition from top policymakers, researchers, and practitioners. Together, the episodes tell the story of how small and large movements—and everyday people—can help us achieve a food- and nutrition-secure world.
On this week’s episode, we talk to Howarth ‘Howdy’ Bouis, recent World Food Prize Laureate, who gives us a glimpse of the impressive successes–and some challenges too– associated with biofortification, the process of breeding high yield staple crops with specific vitamins and minerals to address micronutrient deficiencies. Dr. Bouis reflects on the past, present, and future of biofortification, and how scientists are working to overcome known obstacles, like people’s attachment to foods they are already familiar with, and still-unknown ones, like climate change. He details the long-term vision of HarvestPlus, which is using investment, innovation, and plain old information to get biofortified crops into 30 countries and feed 1 billion people by the year 2030.