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Special Issue: Staple Crops Biofortified with Vitamins and Minerals - Considerations for a Public Health Strategy

Edited by

Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas (World Health Organization), Maria Nieves Garcia-Casal (Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research)

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Special Issue: Staple Crops Biofortified with Vitamins and Minerals - Considerations for a Public Health Strategy

Published: February 2017

Volume 1390

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The World Health Organization, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences, convened a technical consultation entitled “Staple Crops Biofortified with Vitamins and Minerals: Considerations for a Public Health Strategy” in April 2016. Participants of the consultation reviewed the definition of biofortification of staple crops, patterns of crops production, processing, consumption, seed varieties, and micronutrient stability and bioavailability, as well as farmers’ adoption and acceptability of the modified crops. Also discussed were economic, environmental, safety, and equity aspects of biofortified crops, as well as legal, policy, regulatory, and ethical issues for the implementation of biofortification strategies in agriculture and nutrition. Consultation working groups identified important and emerging technical issues, lessons learned, and research priorities to better support the evidence of improved nutrition and unintended adverse effects of biofortification. This special issue presents papers from the consultation.