Biofortification of Tropical Maize to Combat Micronutrient Malnutrition

Millions of people in West and Central Africa depend on maize-based diets, which are deficient in iron, zinc and vitamin A, resulting in poor health, stunted growth, and reduced capacity to do normal physical activities in their communities. The maize varieties and hybrids with enhanced levels of vitamin A will improve maize-based diets of millions of children, pregnant women and nursing mothers who consume maize every day in different forms in Nigeria. The pro-vitamin A enriched maize will contribute to correcting the deficiency of this nutrient in diets, particularly of the most venerable groups living in rural and urban centers that depend on maize as a major source of their sustenance.

Goals

The overall goal of HarvestPlus maize project is to reduce micronutrient malnutrition among poor populations in West and Central Africa, thereby improving food security and enhancing the quality of life.

Contact

Menkir, Abebe

Project duration

Start: 01 January 2009
End: 31 December 2019

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