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Grain a day: @CIMMYT #grainaday

Author: Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT)
Year: 2015
Abstract: Globally, an estimated 800 million people do not get enough food to eat and more than 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiency, or “hidden hunger,” according to U.N. food agencies. As staple foods, maize and wheat provide vital nutrients and health benefits, making up close to two-thirds of the world’s food energy intake, and contributing 55 to 70 percent of the total calories in the diets of people living in developing countries, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) are working to ensure the ongoing production of high-yielding, disease-resistant varieties of maize and wheat to improve both the quantity and nutritional quality of these crops. These measures include biofortification, a process by which scientists combine conventional plant breeding and lab work to improve the micronutrient content of maize and wheat. At CIMMYT, this process is being used to boost pro-vitamin A and zinc levels in maize and iron and zinc concentrations in wheat. Boosting the micronutrient content of crops through biofortification can help tackle hidden hunger, simultaneously improving human health and economic growth leading to improved international development. In order to shed light on the important role maize and wheat play in global nutrition, CIMMYT celebrated the dietary value of these food staples throughout the month of June 2015. We asked you to send in your favorite maize and wheat-based recipes to be compiled into this cookbook.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: CIMMYT
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Type: Brochure
Place of Publication: Mexico
Pages: 30 pages : ill.
Agrovoc: GRAIN

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