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Daniel Gilligan and Howarth Bouis__ New findings for OSP and biofortified crop update

Daniel Gilligan and Howarth Bouis__ New findings for OSP and biofortified crop update

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Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is a major public health concern in poorer countries and accounts for more than 600,000 deaths a year among children under five years of age. Biofortified orange sweet potato (OSP) may help to alleviate VAD according to new research by HarvestPlus. Biofortification is the process of breeding new varieties of foods crops that contain higher amounts of nutrients to improve nutrition and public health. Agricultural approaches, such as biofortification, are now being looked upon to fill the nutritional gap for vitamin A and other nutrients.

Howarth Bouis, Director at HarvestPlus, and Daniel O. Gilligan, Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI, offered a detailed presentation of how the use of OSP in Uganda and Mozambique can improve the situation of children with VAD.
Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is a major public health concern in poorer countries and accounts for more than 600,000 deaths a year among children under five years of age. Biofortified orange sweet potato (OSP) may help to alleviate VAD according to new research by HarvestPlus. Biofortification is the process of breeding new varieties of foods crops that contain higher amounts of nutrients to improve nutrition and public health. Agricultural approaches, such as biofortification, are now being looked upon to fill the nutritional gap for vitamin A and other nutrients.

Howarth Bouis, Director at HarvestPlus, and Daniel O. Gilligan, Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI, offered a detailed presentation of how the use of OSP in Uganda and Mozambique can improve the situation of children with VAD.

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Published by: Global Donor Platform for Rural Development on Sep 27, 2012
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