Haiti Initiates its Biofortification Strategy

Meeting6 Haiti_Oct 2014Some 80 representatives from international institutions, NGOs, universities, the government, and national institutions met from October 27 to 29 in Haiti to discuss activities that will be promoted as part of the biofortification program that HarvestPlus is leading for Latin America.

With leadership provided by HarvestPlus in Latin America, biofortification is a way to naturally increase nutrients such as iron, zinc, and vitamin A, in basic crops such as maize, beans, cassava, and sweet potatoes.

“This is an opportunity to have a joint discussion about how we will operate in Haiti, a country that needs a lot of help in spite of the efforts of recent years, and which has high rates of malnutrition”, says Marilia Nutti, coordinator of HarvestPlus for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

The workshop was led in conjunction with the AKOSSAA project, through Laval University, and financed by the government of Canada. “Biofortification offers perspectives of progress for agriculture in Haiti and the best conditions to satisfy the nutritional needs of the population,” said Patrice Dion, professor of Laval University and director of the AKOSAA project.

Representatives from HarvestPlus reiterated their firm support for biofortification activities in LAC. Among those present were Ina Schonberg, Erick Boy, Anne Mackenzie and Meike Andersson.

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