HarvestPlus and partners continue to promote biofortification as a sustainable and effective method for improving the nutrition of vulnerable populations through enhanced staple crops. Its updated 2016 map depicts 50+ countries that are using biofortified crops, and the map specifically indicates which crops are being tested and which ones have been released nationally. These biofortified crops offer improved levels of iron, zinc, or vitamin A, all of which can help address anemia. More and more countries are joining the movement; recent countries include Afghanistan, Eritrea, Chad, Gabon, Gambia, Morocco, Lebanon, South Sudan, and Tunisia. The goal is for these crops to reach a billion people by year 2030.
HarvestPlus, September 2016