Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) is a staple food in resource-poor parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Many kids raised on pearl millet, or whose mothers ate mostly pearl millet, don’t get enough iron to grow up healthy. Now here’s pearl millet biofortified with iron. It’s called Iron Rich Pearl Millet (IRPM).
IRPM was developed by selective breeding, without genetic modification (GM, also called genetic engineering or GE). Denis Okello at the International Food Policy Research Institute tells us about encouraging trials of IRPM in Benin and India.