Biofortified crops steal the spotlight

argylesock says… This is exciting. A few weeks ago I blogged about orange-fleshed sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), rich in Vitamin A. Now here’s Vitamin A-rich maize (corn, Zea mays) and cassava (Manihot esculenta). I hope farmers choose to grow them and that people choose to eat them. Do they yield well? Do they taste good? [Edit] Armwell Shumba tells us more about selectively bred crops to combat ‘hidden hunger’ (malnutrition) in Africa.

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

Two biofortified crops both conventionally bred to contain more vitamin A, have attracted strong interest at the Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) in Accra Ghana.

Since the start of the week-long event at the Accra International Conference Center on July 15, scores of people have enquired about the biofortified vitamin A maize and vitamin A cassava on display at the CGIAR booth. HarvestPlus is exhibiting these two crops as part of its participation alongside sister CGIAR partners at the sixth edition of the AASW.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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