To contribute to improvement of the dietary quality of young children and their mothers living in resource poor areas of developing countries resulting in long-term health effects and a major step towards the Millennium Development Goals set for 2015
To identify novel staple food-based strategies to improve micronutrient malnutrition for better health and development of women and children in sub-Saharan Africa
The project will focus on the improvement of millet-, sorghum-, maize-, and cassava-based foods for young children in sub-Saharan Africa to safely prevent deficiencies of iron, zinc, and vitamin A and to improve immune function and cognitive development.
Potential impacts/potential beneficiaries
The proposed research will target mostly infants, children, and women of child bearing age to prevent vitamin A deficiency.
A proof-of-principle/concept trial conducted in Kenya to evaluate the effect of biofortified cassava with increased content of intrinsic β-carotene on vitamin A status and immunity indicators in children.
Donor (Donor country)
EU (Belgium), WAGENINGEN (Netherlands)
Benin, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute