Support to the HarvestPlus Challenge Program

Reporting Organization:Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 6,000,000
Timeframe: March 29, 2011 - December 31, 2013
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Region - Total Budget Allocation

Sub-Saharan Africa - $ 2,379,600.00 (39.66%)

Southeast Asia - $ 799,800.00 (13.33%)

South Asia - $ 654,600.00 (10.91%)

South America - $ 626,400.00 (10.44%)

East Asia - $ 582,000.00 (9.70%)

Central Asia - $ 363,600.00 (6.06%)

North Africa - $ 320,400.00 (5.34%)

Central America - $ 273,600.00 (4.56%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Nutrition (20 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Food Security & Agriculture (80 %)

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The goal of this project is to boost the nutritional status of vulnerable populations through improvements to the quality of staple foods that are consumed on a daily basis. Fruits, vegetables, and animal products are rich in micronutrients, but these foods are often not available. Through extensive research and testing, staple crops such as sweet potatoes, pearl millet and beans are fortified with vitamins and nutrients such as iron, zinc, and provitamin A. The crops are then tested and distributed in developing countries. This contribution builds on CIDA’s previous support to HarvestPlus and aims to enable product development and delivery to households to maximize earlier investments in research.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys Under-5 children Newborns Older adults, women Older adults, men
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Results achieved as of 2012 include: the release of three cassava varieties enriched with vitamin A in cooperation with Nigerian authorities in 2011; the completion of studies on consumer acceptance of crops enriched with vitamin A (orange sweet potato, maize, and cassava) showing that consumers will pay more for these crops when they have information on their nutritional and health benefits; and the production of seeds and stalks of biofortified crops for delivery in India, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zambia.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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