28 September 2020. Biofortification Amid COVID-19 and beyond. Lessons from COVID-19 and the Path to Scaling Up
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of biofortified staple crops as a practical, cost-effective strategy for the delivery of essential micronutrients to vulnerable rural communities in low- and middle-income countries—especially smallholder farming families who cannot afford or readily access nutritionally diverse diets. As a result of income shocks and other disruptions caused by COVID-19, many of these farming families—as well as other low-resource populations—are relying even more on relatively affordable staple crops for sustenance.
- What does the “COVID-19 effect” mean for ongoing efforts to scale up biofortification globally, as a nutrition solution available under any conditions?
- What are priorities for action by governments, funders, practitioners, and other stakeholders to keep the scaling up effort on track?
- Dr. Asrat Dibaba, Chief of Party, ENRICH-MNCH Program, World Vision Canada
- Nora Tobin, Executive Director, Self-Help International
- Sylvia Magezi, Uganda Country Manager, HarvestPlus
- Simon Heck, Program Director, International Potato Center (CIP/CGIAR)
- Moderator: Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Author of “The First 1,000 Days” & “The Last Hunger Season”