Project Details

Novel staple food-based strategies to improve micronutrient status for better health and development in sub-Saharan Africa

Duration: 01/Jun/2008 - 31/May/2013

Locations: Eastern and Southern Africa,West and Central Africa

Project contact: Eva Weltzien-Rattunde

Donor: Wageningen University-Netherlands

CGIAR Research Program: Agriculture for Nutrition and Health

Malnutrition, and especially deficiencies of micronutrients, such as iron, zinc and vitamin A, undermines progress towards most of the Millennium Development Goals. In view of the serious coverage, compliance and safety concerns of supplementation, this project aims to identify novel staple food-based approaches to improve micronutrient malnutrition for better health and development of women and children in sub-Saharan Africa. It will focus on the improvement of millet-, sorghum-, maize-, and cassava-based (complementary) foods.

The genetic potential of staple foods for increasing the micronutrient and antinutrient content will be evaluated and the determinants of success and failure of introducing biofortified staple foods in local farming systems will be assessed. With regard to fortification, the project will develop and test new approaches to optimize iron and zinc fortification of staple food-based foods.

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