Biotech Updates

Global Biofortification Conference a Success

November 26, 2010

Around 300 participants gathered at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, Washington DC last 9 November 2010 for the first Global Biofortification Conference. This was a remarkable event not just because it is the first conference on biofortification, but also due to the rare opportunity of gathering agriculturists and nutritionists in one event.

Biofortification requires various expertise, especially those of agriculturists and nutritionists. Nutritionists define the amount of essential nutrients that must be added to the crops, while agriculturists devise ways to breed the nutrients into the crops. Next step in the process is to test the biofortified crop with the producers and the  market. The conference brought together involved stakeholders from ‘discovery to delivery' of the biofortified crop.

During the conference, plenaries were held to discuss how to develop agriculture and nutrition to further advance biofortification. Experts also presented the developments, challenges, and strategies to breed antioxidants, deliver vitamin A-enriched crops, and access the impact of climate change on the nutritional content of plants.