By Erica Oakley, Humanitas Global
From March 31 through April 2, nearly 300 high-level stakeholders from government, business and civil society will meet in Kigali, Rwanda, for HarvestPlus' three-day global consultation on 'Getting Nutritious Foods to People.'
HarvestPlus - a global program within the Consultative Group for International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) - is convening a group of diverse experts and leaders to identify challenges, opportunities, and actions needed to address hidden hunger through nutrient-rich crops.
HarvestPlus and partners are addressing hidden hunger and its consequences through the development of nutrient-rich crops. These nutrient-rich crops are critical in ensuring vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, zinc, and iron are incorporated into the diets of those suffering from hidden hunger around the world.
The 2nd Global Conference on Biofortification marks the start of a next critical phase of work to accelerate and expand access to these nutritious food crops, develop new varieties, and to consolidate evidence of their nutritional impact and cost-effectiveness. Public and private stakeholders from health, nutrition, agriculture, education, and other key sectors - national, regionally, and internationally - have important roles to play moving forward.
Keynote speakers for the conference include:
- M.S. Swaminathan, the renowned father of India’s Green Revolution;
- Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and
- Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2013.