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Regional Advocacy for Taking Biofortified Crops to Scale in Africa

Biofortification has received increasing attention as an effective foodbased and sustainable approach to addressing micro-nutrient deficiencies in the most deserving of population segments in developing countries. The Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB) is a collaborative project of the CGIAR and FARA seeking to take biofortified crops to scale in African countries, starting with Nigeria and Tanzania. The advocacy component of the project involves national policy influence, nutrition education, social and behavior change communications and, and other promotional activities. This poster outlines the perspectives and strategies for evidence-based regional advocacy on biofortification currently being led by FARA under the BNFB project. Ultimately, the advocacy campaign seeks to position biofortification in the overall human development discourse. More specifically, however, it will help mainstream biofortification in the major agricultural and nutritional policies, frameworks and initiatives at regional level as well as in the revised agricultural investment plans to be developed by countries in the post-Malabo CAADP dispensation.