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African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) publishes Special Issue devoted to biofortification

The African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) has published a Special Issue devoted to Biofortification. The Special Issue is a culmination of an idea mooted by Dr Howarth Bouis, one of the four 2016 World Food Prize laureates and features 17 chapters.

In her forward, the AFJAND Editor-In-Chief, Hon. Prof. Ruth K. Oniang’o, pays tribute to Dr. Bouis for his efforts to bring this Special Issue to fruition, and for his invaluable contribution to biofortification. “From 1993, Howdy was determined in his belief that biofortification could be a huge answer to world hunger and micronutrient deficiency problems,” she writes.

She also emphasizes the potential contribution of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in addressing the cycles of drought and hunger that are still being experienced in the Horn of Africa. “The good thing about the orange-fleshed sweet potato is its judicious use of water. So, it does better than many tubers in limited rainfall. This point was seriously emphasized at a recent CIP (International Potato Centre) meeting I attended in Kisumu,” she writes, making reference to the annual meeting of the OFSP Marketing, Processing and Utilization Community of Practice that took place from 1-3 March 2017.

This Special Issue on Biofortification contains valuable lessons for policy makers, researchers/scientists, farmers, donors, practitioners, consumers, private sector and job seekers. It demonstrates that through collective action, billions of the world’s hungriest people can access affordable food-based micronutrients.

You can download all the chapters at the links below. In addition, these links will be available in the following folders on the Portal.

Foreword: Ruth Oniang’o

Profile: Howarth Bouis

Preface: Tumusiime Rhoda Peace

  • Chapter 1:
    An Overview of the landscape and approach for Biofortification in Africa
    Howarth Bouis et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus01

Nutrition and Food Science

  • Chapter 2:
    Effect of regular consumption of provitamin A biofortified staple crops on Vitamin A status in populations in low-income countries.
    Marjorie Haskell et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus02
  • Chapter 3:
    Efficacy of iron-biofortified crops.
    Erick Boy et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus03
  • Chapter 4:
    Micronutrient (provitamin A and iron/zinc) retention in biofortified crops.
    Aurelie Bechoff et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus04

Plant Breeding and Instrumentation

  • Chapter 5:
    Progress update: Crop development of biofortified staple food crops under HarvestPlus.
    Meike Andersson et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus05
  • Chapter 5: ANNEX 1
    Biofortified varieties released under HarvestPlus (as of December 2016).
    Chapter 5: Annex 1 DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus05.annex1
  • Chapter 6:
    High-throughput measurement methodologies for developing nutrient-dense crops.
    Georgia Guild et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus06

Crop Development and Delivery Experience

  • Chapter 7:
    Sweet potato development and delivery in sub-Saharan Africa.
    Jan Low et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus07
  • Chapter 8:
    Orange maize in Zambia: Crop development and delivery experience.
    Eliab Simpungwe et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus08
  • Chapter 9:
    Vitamin A cassava in Nigeria: Crop development and delivery.
    Paul Ilona et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus09
  • Chapter 10:
    Iron beans in Rwanda: Crop development and delivery experience.
    Joseph Mulambu et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus10
  • Chapter 12:
    Integrating biofortified crops into community development programs.
    Carolyn MacDonald et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus12

Meauring Impact; Economic Methodologies

  • Chapter 13:
    Building the case for biofortification: Measuring and maximizing impact in the HarvestPlus program.
    Nancy Johnson et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus13
  • Chapter 14
    Identification of optimal investments.
    Keith Lividini et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus14
  • Chapter 15:
    Introducing orange sweet potato: Tracing the evolution of evidence on its effectiveness.
    Alan de Brauw et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus15

Policy/Stakeholder Engagement

  • Chapter 16:
    Advocacy for biofortification: Building stakeholder support, integration into regional and national policies, and sustaining momentum.
    Namukolo Covic et al. DOI: 10.18697/ajfand.HarvestPlus16


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