Month: May 2016
At AfDB Annual Meeting in Lusaka, African Leaders Make Economic Case for Increased Nutrition Investments
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina hosts high-level event with new economic data showing increased nutrition investment can result in $83 billion in GDP growth
On Monday 23 May, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition and the African Development Bank (AfDB) hosted a high-level event on nutrition in Lusaka, Zambia. The event is part of the AfDB Annual Meeting and brought together African leaders, government ministers, philanthropists, and business leaders to discuss ways they can achieve nutrition security through increased investments and public-private partnerships.
More than 20 years ago, Howarth Bouis, Director of HarvestPlus, and other researchers posed the question of whether nutrition could feasibly be included as a breeding trait. Today at least 15 million people in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America are growing and eating biofortified crops. How can biofortification scale up to help reach the 2 billion people who still suffer from hidden hunger?