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Biofortification of staple food crops.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16549478     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Deficiencies of vitamin A, iron, and zinc affect over one-half of the world's population. Progress has been made to control micronutrient deficiencies through supplementation and food fortification, but new approaches are needed, especially to reach the rural poor. Biofortification (enriching the nutrition contribution of staple crops through plant breeding) is one option. Scientific evidence shows this is technically feasible without compromising agronomic productivity. Predictive cost-benefit analyses also support biofortification as being important in the armamentarium for controlling micronutrient deficiencies. The challenge is to get producers and consumers to accept biofortified crops and increase their intake of the target nutrients. With the advent of good seed systems, the development of markets and products, and demand creation, this can be achieved.
Penelope Nestel; Howarth E Bouis; J V Meenakshi; Wolfgang Pfeiffer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nutrition     Volume:  136     ISSN:  0022-3166     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nutr.     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-21     Completed Date:  2006-05-03     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404243     Medline TA:  J Nutr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1064-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
HarvestPlus, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Agriculture / methods*
Consumer Satisfaction
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Crops, Agricultural / chemistry*,  genetics
Developing Countries
Food, Fortified* / economics
Ipomoea batatas / chemistry
Iron / analysis
Plant Roots / chemistry
Vitamin A / analysis
Zinc / analysis
beta Carotene / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
11103-57-4/Vitamin A; 7235-40-7/beta Carotene; 7439-89-6/Iron; 7440-66-6/Zinc

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