The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition and HarvestPlus invite attendees to:
The launch of the Global Panel's Biofortification Policy Brief
Monday 2nd February, 18:00 – 20:00
Committee Room 4A, Houses of Parliament, UK
Sir John Beddington
Co-Chair, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition
Professor Andrew Westby
Director, Natural Resource Institute; and Professor of Food Technology
Dr. Janneke Balk
Project Leader, The John Innes Centre
Lord Cameron of Dillington (Chair)
Please allow at least 20 minutes for security at the Cromwell Green Visitor Entrance.
Biofortification represents one approach to enhancing the availability of vitamins and minerals for nutritionally vulnerable people whose diets are deficient in these so-called micronutrients. It involves crop breeding to raise the nutrient content of crops, like grains, beans or tubers, such that they deliver more of a specific micronutrient than they would otherwise. The newly launched policy brief by the Global Panel lays out the technical evidence and arguments for considering support for biofortification as one element of a nutrient-sensitive national agricultural research and investment strategy.
We are delighted to bring together a distinguished panel to discuss this innovative approach to tackling widespread hidden hunger.