Strategies for Biofortification in Brazil


Brazil has two biofortification programs: the HarvestPlus Challenge Program on Biofortification and the AgroSalud Program, both coordinated by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). The difference between the two programs is that the HarvestPlus Challenge Program focuses on breeding micronutrient-rich plant varieties, whereas the AgroSalud Program focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean and on post-harvest processing. The main food staples being studied in Brazil are cassava, sweet potato, rice, common beans, maize, wheat and cowpea.


Nutti, M.R.; Watanabe, E.; de Carvalho, J.L.V.; Fukuda, W.; da Silva, J.B.C.; del Peloso, M.J.; Bassinello, P.Z.; Neves, P. de C.F.; de Moura Rocha, M.; Schaffert, R.E.; Sheeren, P.L.; Ramos, S.R.R.; de Carvalho, H.W.L.; Curado, F.F.; Figueiredo, R.; Salvador, L.; da Silva, E.M.M.; Rangel, C.N.; Bouis, H. Strategies for Biofortification in Brazil. In: Serageldin, I.; Massod, E.; El-Faham, M.; El-Wakil, M. (Ed.). From promises to practice: applications of science and technology in food, healthcare, energy and environment: BioVision Alexandria 2008. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt (2010) 177-193.

Strategies for Biofortification in Brazil

Published 1 January 2010