How to end to malnutrition (New Agriculturist)

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Seeking an end to malnutrition

With millions suffering from malnutrition in both the developed and developing world, how can people be supported to adopt nutrient rich diets that are well-adapted to their local conditions and culture? How can smallholders be encouraged to grow crops that have high nutritional value? And what potential do biofortified crops have to address nutritional deficiencies? These and other questions recently came under discussion at a conference organised by The Economist – Feeding the World: Accelerating Global Collaboration on Food Security – held in Amsterdam in January 2013. Some key participants in the discussions and others working in the sector shared their views with New Agriculturist.

  • How to increase dietary diversity of the poor?
  • Biofortification – the pros and cons
  • From staple crops to minor crops – shift in focus needed?
  • Education and empowerment of girls
  • Tackling malnutrition – priorities for research

How to increase dietary diversity of the poor?



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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.