Project Details

Crop biofortification of groundnut and pigeonpea for alleviating vitamin A deficiencies in India

Duration: 21/Sep/2010 - 20/Sep/2013

Locations: India / Asia

Project contact: Sharma, KK

Donor: Department of Biotechnology (DBT)-Government of India-India

The purpose of this research project is to develop improved varieties of groundnut and pigeonpea having higher levels of ß-carotene without compromising the yield and other agronomic traits pertaining to farmer and consumer acceptance. This long-term sustainable strategy is expected to prevent/control micronutrient malnutrition of a vast population in the developing countries of the world where these crops are grown, including India, where they form a major component of diet as secondary staple. Such strategies are cost-effective, feasible, and can be sustainably implemented under conditions where supplementation and fortification are currently not practical or economically feasible.  

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