Howarth Bouis is the founder and director of HarvestPlus, a global research and implementation program that develops and disseminates nutrient-rich food crops to reduce hidden hunger. Bouis has been advocating widely for improving nutrition through food based approaches since 1995 when he directed the CGIAR Micronutrients Project. He began his career at the International Food Policy Research Institute in 1982. Before focusing on biofortification, his research concentrated on understanding how economic factors affect food demand and nutrition outcomes, particularly in Asia. Prior to entering graduate school, he spent three years in the Philippines with Volunteers in Asia.
Many organizations and individuals are responsible for taking the idea of biofortification and turning it into reality — an innovative, transformative tool to save and improve lives. In this guest column, World Food Prize laureate Howarth Bouis discusses the impact of this process on malnutrition, and the road ahead.
Biofortified staples can help provide a significant amount of certain essential vitamins or minerals. But it’s also important to promote a diversity of nutritious foods that can provide other essential nutrients — and donors are responding to the challenge, writes HarvestPlus Director Howarth Bouis in this op-ed.
It is not enough to be nutrition-sensitive. Basic food systems need to be optimized to provide the greatest amount of nutrients per square foot that can be produced sustainably, HarvestPlus Director Howard Bouis writes in this guest commentary for Feeding Development.