Advocacy for scaling up biofortified crops for improved micronutrient status in Africa: approaches, achievements, challenges and lessons
Rose Omari ; Francis Zotor ; Julia Tagwireyi and Laila Lokosang
Part of: ANEC VIII 2018
Biofortification is an approach used to increase micronutrient content of crops through agronomic practices, conventional or modern biotechnology. Through a plethora of projects, partnerships were formed to advocate for policy changes, and increased investments in research, production and utilisation of biofortified crops.
- in order to integrate biofortification in regional policies, strategies and programmes, it is important to identify champions from key and strategic regional organisations as they provide information on potential opportunities for influencing policies,
- having a common advocacy message helps to highlight the role of biofortification in contributing to the prevention of micronutrient problems as well as evidence of impact on nutrition outcome,
- champions need to be allocated a budget to support their advocacy work and
- to engender adoption of biofortification, it is important to align bio fortification with relevant initiatives as well as ongoing opportunities for advocacy.