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Agricultural Economics Research Review
Year : 2022, Volume : 35, Issue : 1
First page : ( 123) Last page : ( 132)
Print ISSN : 0971-3441. Online ISSN : 0974-0279.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-0279.2022.00011.8

Nutrition-sensitive food systems and biofortified crops

Nuthalapati Chandra S R1,*, Joshi P K2, Mittra Bhaskar3, Pingali Prabhu4

1Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi Enclave, North Campus, New Delhi, India

2Agro-Economic Research Centre, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

3Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, Cornell University

4Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and Founding Director, Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

*Corresponding author: raonch@gmail.com

Online Published on 06 October, 2022.


The realization that economic growth is a necessary but insufficient condition for improving the nutritional status has led to a paradigm shift in addressing malnutrition through nutrition-sensitive development. Biofortification is one such nutrition-sensitive food system intervention designed to supply crucial micronutrients through staple diets to undernourished populations that may not otherwise be able to consume diversified diets. Biofortified foods can provide 35–50% of the daily estimated average requirement of micronutrients. Biofortification is still at a nascent stage, however, and the state may help in developing a value chain for biofortified. The paper discusses pragmatic policy interventions in that direction.



Hidden hunger, Biofortification, Conventional plant breeding, Value chain, Brand building.


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