Biofortified food: Building climate smart agriculture

Special Report

Kigali, Rwanda – There is increasing scientific evidence that food production and nutrition security are at risk from climate change, especially highlighted by the report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of last month.

According to the report, climate change may cause losses of up to 25 percent in crop production such as corn, rice and wheat by 2050 when global population is projected to reach 9 billion people.

And African countries could be the most vulnerable ones with profound and irreversible changes.

The World Bank is now promoting a new approach called biofortification. This method uses conventional plant breeding techniques to enhance the concentration of micro-nutrients in staple crops through a combination of laboratory and agricultural knowledge.

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