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Second Copenhagen Consensus: Biofortification Best Practice, Meenakshi

Best Practice Paper

By J.V. Meenakshi

Biofortification was ranked fifth by the Expert Panel at Copenhagen Consensus 2008. A diverse diet rich in micronutrients is out of reach of many of the world’s poor. Because foods that are high in micronutrients such as vegetables, fruits, dairy, and meats are expensive, resource‐poor people rely primarily on a few starchy staples that are rich in energy, but not in micronutrients. By enhancing the micronutrient content of these energy‐rich staples, micronutrient intakes in general, and among the poor in particular, can be increased.