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Biofortification Highlighted at Recent 2020 Conference

February 18, 2011

During the 2020 International Conference on Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health held in New Delhi, India, biofortification was mentioned by several speakers as an example of how agriculture can be leveraged to improve nutrition and public health.

One of the speakers is Inger Andersen, Vice-President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank and Chair of the CGIAR Fund Council. He spoke about the promise of biofortified foods for addressing hidden hunger: "The impact of [micronutrient] deficiencies…is staggering. There is an answer and one of these answers is clearly biofortified foods, which can provide nutrition where there was previously none. So, we need to increase this adoption by farmers."

The conference was organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with the theme "Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health" on February 10–12, 2011.