Biofortification: Better Crops, Better Nutrition

Two billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, which can lead to blindness, weakened immunity, stunted brain development, hemorrhage during childbirth, and other serious health problems. Staple food crops that are enriched with vitamins and minerals, in a process known as biofortification, can have a positive impact on nutritional status, including reversing iron deficiency; improving cognitive and physical performance; and reducing diarrhea and night blindness in young children.

On Thursday, 28th June 2018, please join us for a lively roundtable discussion hosted by Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Liaison Office for North America in collaboration with Global Harvest Initiative (GHI), HarvestPlus and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). The assembled panelists will share information about biofortification and the roles that the FAO and public and private sectors can play in integrating it into policies, programs, and product portfolios.

Bonnie McClafferty, GAIN’s Director, Food Value Chains, will be moderating the panel discussion.


Vimlendra Sharan

Director, FAO Liaison Office for North America

Bonnie McClafferty

Director, Food Value Chain, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Dr. Jessica Fanzo

Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer, Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN), FAO

Dr. Howarth Bouis

Founder and Interim CEO, HarvestPlus

Dr. Marc C. Albertsen

Dupont Fellow/Research Director, Dupont

Dr. Margaret Zeigler

Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative, GHI

Dr. Rob Bertram

Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, USAID