This flier highlights A ‘food basket’ approach for scaling-Up Biofortified Crops and enhancing Nutrition Security in Africa.
The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished. They suffer multiple nutrient deficiencies because they do not consume enough micronutrients required to lead healthy and productive lives. The Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB) Project through a multi-crop (‘food basket) approach advocates for increased investment in biofortified crops as a sustainable way to combat hidden hunger (micronutrient deficiency), especially among young children under the age of five and women of reproductive age. BNFB also focuses on developing institutional capacity to design and implement gender-sensitive programs and projects to ensure wide access and utilization of biofortified crops in selected African countries. BNFB is a three-year project (November 2015 – October 2018) in two project countries (Nigeria and Tanzania) to provide new knowledge and capacities for improving access and utilization of multiple biofortified crops. The goal of BNFB is to scale up biofortified crops for nutrition security and to help reduce hidden hunger by catalyzing sustainable investment for the utilization of biofortified crops at scale in Nigeria and Tanzania.