This report documents the proceedings of the Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB) Tanzania partners planning workshop held September 22-23, 2016 at the White Sands Hotel, Dar es Salaam – Tanzania. It documents the processes and outputs of the workshop, including presentations made in plenary, discussions, and results or outputs of group work and deliberations. This report is meant for reference by the participants and other stakeholders working on biofortified crops and micronutrient malnutrition in Tanzania.
The Building Nutritious Food Baskets: Scaling up Biofortified Crops for Nutrition Security project is a three-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project seeks to reduce hidden hunger by catalyzing sustainable investment for the utilization of biofortified crops, such as vitamin A cassava, vitamin A maize, vitamin A sweetpotato and iron rich beans, at scale. The project is being implemented in Nigeria and Tanzania to demonstrate how multiple biofortified crops can be scaled up at the country level using a “food basket” approach. The project is led by the International Potato Center (CIP) and engages a range of partners, including: The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), HarvestPlus and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). This project seeks to specifically demonstrate how scaling up can be achieved through a concerted effort by a range of CGIAR centers and programs along with community, national, regional, and international stakeholders. These partners are working together on advocacy, policy development, nutrition education, and behavioral change communication for demand creation, capacity strengthening, and institutional learning to support the scaling up of multiple biofortified crops.