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Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb, at the Pennsylvania State University and lead author of the paper said: “This is the first scientific evidence we have that iron-biofortified beans can improve cognition in women during this critical phase of their lives.”
“Our work highlights that iron deficiency may disadvantage young women in their academic prospects and careers. Without addressing malnutrition, we cannot expect our people and economies to reach their full potential. Our young people are behind in the race before it has even started,” Dr. Mercy Lung'aho, CIAT nutritionist, added.
“We are intensifying our breeding programs to respond to multiple challenges facing our farmers: this includes breeding beans that are not only high in iron content but also drought tolerant, high yielding, pest and disease resilient and fit the demands of consumers.”
Dr. Steve Beebe, leader of CIAT’s Bean Program, believes that high-iron beans can be part of a response to tackle malnutrition. “We need firm policy action, to advocate for food systems that include foods improved for their nutritional value,” he said. “We also need to holistically address a whole range of health factors, from more nutritious diets at household level to education and awareness about healthy diets.”
“We have used the tools made available by CIAT, which is very important in identifying the most vulnerable communities and prioritizing where we put our limited government resources,” says Alicia Ilaga, then Director of the Department of Agriculture Systems-wide Climate Change Office (DA-SWCCO).
“[We] should start thinking about … biodiversifying our diets. We have the tools … it’s the genetic diversity that’s being conserved in our genebanks,” said Peter Wenzl, Leader of Genetic Resources at CIAT, during the #CIAT50 celebrations at the Center’s headquarters in Cali, Colombia.
“I think [Future Seeds] is a strategic investment: It’s a strategic idea to be implemented in a strategic location at a very critical time,” said Wenzl, alluding to Colombia, which is among the most biodiverse countries in the world.