Small-holder farmers in Nigeria have been growing bio-fortified crops. Bio-certified crops or biofortification is the idea of breeding crops to increase their nutritional value. This can be done either through conventional selective breeding, or through genetic engineering. Dr Paul Ilona, the Country Manager of HarvestPlus said that no fewer than six million people consumed more nutritious foods from bio-fortified crops in the country through the efforts of HarvestPlus to address malnutrition.
Dr Paul went on to say that they were able to include biofortification into four key policy documents of the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Budget and National Planning and the budgets of federal and four state governments which is aimed at creating an enabling environment for investors. Click here to read more about biofortified crops in Nigeria. – All Africa