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Biofortification: the Evidence

HarvestPlus is a global leader in the development of more nutritious and micronutrient-rich varieties of staple food crops. This process, known as biofortification, has proven to be an effective and economical intervention to improve nutrition globally. This brief presents key evidence to suggest that plant breeding can enhance nutrition through increased nutrient levels without compromising crop yield; higher levels of nutrients in the crops can lead to improved micronutrient status; biofortified crops are well-received by both farmers and consumers; and biofortification is cost-effective.

February 2016