Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB)
1 November 2015
30 October 2018
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
Nigeria & Tanzania
The International Potato Center (CIP) with expertise in orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP)
i)The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) with expertise in high iron beans
ii)The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) with expertise in vitamin A (orange) maize
iii)The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with expertise in vitamin A (yellow) cassava and vitamin A (orange) maize
iv)HarvestPlus as the global leader in biofortification with experience in scaling up at the country level
v) Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) which is responsible for policy engagement and advocacy at regional level
vi)Governments of Nigeria & Tanzania
vii)National implementing partners (government, civil society and private sector in Nigeria and Tanzania)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
FUNDING AMOUNT (USD)
Hidden hunger is characterized by chronic deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals (micronutrients). It is particularly severe in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where many people do not consume enough essential micronutrients to lead healthy and productive lives. This is especially true among poor, rural, and other vulnerable populations. Most women of reproductive age, infants, and young children in SSA countries suffer from deficiencies in vitamin A, iodine, iron, zinc, and folate.
The overall goal of BNFB is to accelerate and support scaling up of biofortified crops for food and nutrition security and to help reduce hidden hunger by catalyzing sustainable investment for the utilization of biofortified crops at scale. BNFB purposes to demonstrate how scaling up can be achieved through a concerted effort by a range of CGIAR centers and programs along with community, national, regional, and international partners.
Where we work
BNFB is a three-year project (November 2015 – October 2018) implemented in Nigeria and Tanzania.
The project has two specific objectives:
(1) Strengthen the enabling environment for investments in biofortified crops
(2) Strengthen institutional and community capabilities to produce and consume biofortified crops
The Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB) Project has at its core advocacy efforts aimed at catalyzing policy change, combined with efforts to mobilize resource commitments by governments, developmental partners, and the private sector. It seeks to build national and community capabilities to produce and consume biofortified crops for improved nutrition and increased incomes, particularly for adolescent girls and women of child-bearing age and young children, in both rural and urban areas.
as a result of the BNFB investment over the next five years.