Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment
Biofortification is one of the five flagships under the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health CGIAR Research Program. This flagship program is led by HarvestPlus and builds on the research (in the fields of crop development, nutrition, socioeconomics and operations) conducted by HarvestPlus and its partners since 2003. HarvestPlus has been working with over 600 partners worldwide to improve human nutrition and health by biofortifying staple crops through the entire value chain, from seed to food. As a result of HarvestPlus-led, evidence-based delivery operations implemented across 19 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, an estimated 9.7 million households were growing biofortified crops in 2020. That translates to almost 50 million people at the farm household level benefiting from biofortified crops. By the end of 2020, 262 nutritious, climate-smart, high-yielding, biofortified varieties had been released in 30 countries (of which 23 were varieties of 7 biofortified crops being released 9 countries in 2020). These varieties were co-developed by HarvestPlus, CGIAR breeding centers, and the national agricultural research services (NARS), in close consultation and engagement with the farmers and communities who produce and consume these staple crops. To date, 24 low- and middle-income countries have included biofortification in their policies/programs, and biofortification investments are being included in several International Financial Institution (IFI) loan portfolios in both agriculture and health sectors. In addition to research, delivery and policy efforts, HarvestPlus invests in capacity strengthening along the value chains to ensure sustainable scaling of biofortification. As a result, in 2020 HarvestPlus trained 290,000 people (64% women) across its 19 country programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean; and mobilized biofortification knowledge with 27.1 million people (60% women), through various events such as conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and field days.
All four components of the commitment are assessed to be on course.