Crop Biotech Update

HarvestPlus and AgroSalud Link for Crop Biofortification in LAC

May 25, 2012

AgroSalud, a program that develops nutritious staple food crops for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, is now united with HarvestPlus, a global program that develops food crops rich in vitamins and minerals through a process called biofortification.

The integration of HarvestPlus and AgroSalud permits expansion and alignment of biofortification in LAC with HavestPlus programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, allowing HarvestPlus to work in a "truly global" aspect.

Coordinator of BioFORT, a biofortification program based in Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) Marilia Nutti also manages the biofortification program for LAC. Nutti will focus her devotion in areas "which have some of the highest levels of vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the region". These areas are Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Panama.

For more details about this new collaboration visit http://www.harvestplus.org/content/harvestplus-extends-reach-latin-america-caribbean.