A biofortified potato could finally tackle one of the most persistent childhood diseases

Media: Des Moines Register

Anemia remains one of the most rampant yet preventable childhood diseases around the world, affecting two out of every five preschoolers.

Often caused by insufficient iron in diets that limits cognitive and motor development, more than 6% of children in the US were anemic as of 2019.

Yet the condition is exponentially more prevalent in low- and middle-income countries. In India, around one in every two children under the age of five has anemia. In Yemen and parts of Africa, close to 80 per cent of children are affected.