Biofortification is one such a food based strategy. Biofortification is the process by which the nutritional content of food is improved through agricultural and agronomic practices, conventional plant breeding, or modern biotechnology. Biofortification differs from conventional fortification in that biofortification aims to increase nutrient levels in food during animal production and plant growth and not through manual means during processing of the food. Biofortification may therefore present a way to reach populations where other conventional food based strategies such as conventional fortification activities may be limited or difficult to implement.
Biofortification requires direct linkages between agricultural research and the human health and nutrition sectors. This requires a multidisciplinary research approach, a willingness among scientists to communicate across disciplinary boundaries, and innovative funding strategies to support the research.
For more information, contact Prof Hettie Schönfeldt at [email protected]
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