Biofortified Foods and Crops in West Africa: Mali and Burkina Faso

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Biofortified Foods and Crops in West Africa: Mali and Burkina Faso

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[-] show simple item record Birner, Regina Kone, Sanibe Abel Linacre, Nicolas Resnick, Danielle
dc.coverage.spatial Mali en
dc.coverage.spatial Burkina Faso en 2008-10-09T14:36:24Z 2008-10-09T14:36:24Z 2007
dc.identifier.citation AgBioForum, 10(3) 2007: 192-200. en
dc.identifier.issn 1522-936X
dc.description Includes bibliographical references en
dc.description.abstract Micronutrient deficiencies, especially deficiencies of Vitamin A, iron, and zinc, are widespread in Burkina Faso and Mali and contribute to high mortality rates. Biofortification of the major food staple crops consumed in these countries has considerable potential to increase the micronutrient status of vulnerable populations if the challenges of seed distribution can be overcome. This article examines the political landscape for the introduction of biofortified crops, including those developed through genetic engineering. Based on the experience with current strategies of food fortification, it is shown that the political environment for biofortified crops developed through conventional breeding is highly favorable. Analyzing the current state of biosafety legislation and the political debates regarding genetically modified (GM) crops in the region, where the current focus is on Bt cotton, this study concludes that the political environment for introducing GM biofortified food crops is at present not conducive. Strategies that prioritize the introduction of GM crops may jeopardize the favorable environment to welcome non-GM biofortified crops. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher AgBioForum en
dc.subject biofortification en
dc.subject micronutrient deficiencies en
dc.subject.lcsh Deficiency diseases -- Prevention en
dc.subject.lcsh Genetically modified foods -- Public opinion en
dc.title Biofortified Foods and Crops in West Africa: Mali and Burkina Faso en
dc.type Article en
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Division of Applied Social Sciences. Department of Agricultural Economics. Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center. AgBioForum (Journal)
dc.relation.ispartofcollection AgBioForum, vol. 10, no. 3 (2007)

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