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“Combating malnutrition: the best global investment”, Copenhagen Consensus 2008

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  • Cristina Cvitanich, Danmark
  • Molekylærbiologisk Institut

A panel of distinguished economists that met to ponder global challenges at the 2008 Copenhagen Consensus was asked, hypothetically:  if you had 75 billion dollars to improve the world, how would you best spend it?1 The panel ranked biofortification, the improvment of micronutrient content of crops through agricultural technology, fifth on a list of the "most promising solutions to ten of the most pressing challenges facing the world today." Providing supplements and food fortification were also in the top five. This clearly indicates that reducing hunger, especially micronutrient malnutrition, should be among the top priorities for today's policymakers. The panel recognized the enormous potential of a relatively small dollar investment to improve the nutrition for millions of people through biofortification. As food prices continue to rise, and people are forced to reduce their consumption of more nutritious foods, micronutrient malnutrition will undoubtedly increase. Biofortification will therefore become more important as a strategy to improve nutrition, well-being, and ultimately productivity, for millions of people2.


Udgivelsesdato: 2009
Sider (fra-til)4-5
Antal sider2
StatusUdgivet - 2009

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