Joe Tohme, International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Howarth Bouis, International Food Policy Research Institute
HarvestPlus is an international research program seeking to reduce micronutrient malnutrition by harnessing the powers of agriculture and nutrition research to breed nutrient-dense staple foods. It is co-organized by the Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute.
Among those attending the HarvestPlus meeting at UC Davis include CGIAR researchers and representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and USDA. While the meeting itself is open only to participants, the World Food Center has arranged a seminar with two experts from HarvestPlus.
Joe Tohme is a plant geneticist at CIAT, in Colombia. He is currently the research director of CIAT Agrobiodiversity teams that include the Genetic Resources, biotechnology, bean, cassava, forages and rice programs. The multidisciplinary teams are composed of internationally recruited and highly talented Colombian research assistants working in breeding, genetics, molecular biology, genetic transformation, pathology, entomology, physiology, bioinformatics and seed systems. Tohme coordinates biotechnology activities at HarvestPlus.
Howarth Bouis is director of HarvestPlus. Since 1993, Bouis has sought to promote biofortification both within the CGIAR, among national agricultural research centers, and in the international agriculture and nutrition communities.
Top photo: Hernán Guarín is a farmer in Calima, Colombia. (HarvestPlus LAC)