The project goal is to reduce malnutrition for millions of people in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA by increasing availability to GLDC crops in daily diet, and provide sustainability to agri-food systems. The outputs of the project contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2 that aims to reduce poverty, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Background: GLDC crops are important source of energy, protein and micronutrients to people, particularly to the vulnerable rural poor, and play an important role for sustainable agri-food systems. The genetic variability for nutritional quality traits among the GLDC crops offers scope to further enhance the nutritional content in grains and/or enhance the bioavailability of available nutrients. There is also need to understand climate change effects on the nutritional quality of the GLDC crop varieties and develop strategies to minimize the negative consequences of climate change on nutritional quality of GLDC crops. Given the need for nutritional security and opportunity, research has been conducted in GLDC crops to enhance the nutritional quality; high grain Fe and Zn sorghum and pearl millet were commercialized in Asia and Africa and other nutritional quality traits such as protein content and oil quality in other crops.


  1. Enhance the nutritive value of GLDC crops without compromising productivity, climate resilience and other essential commercial qualities.
  2. Assess climate change effects, particularly elevated CO2 on nutritional content of GLDC crops.
  3. Assess and/or document trade-off and trade-in of factors affecting bioavailability of the nutrients and enhance their bioavailability.
  4. Understand the major factor of scaling ecosystem along the value chains and processing technologies that can enhance nutrition and market acceptability of GLDC crops and their processed products.
  5. Enhancing capacities of stakeholders along the value chain of bio-fortified GLDC crop products.

Potential partners and donors identified: GLDC, Harvest plus, University of Pretoria, Clemson University, Cornell University, USDA, FtF Innovation Labs, ICAR, CSIRO, Nutrition International, NARS, Food industry (depends on local presence of industry), CCAFS – climate change modeling.

Proponents of the CN: Janila Pasupuleti (FP4 leader of GLDC, ICRISAT), Shiv Kumar Agrawal (CoA leader of GLDC, ICARDA), Meike Stephanie Andersson (CIAT-Harvestplus), John Taylor (University of Pretoria), Stephen Beebe (FP 6 leader of GLDC, CIAT), Andy Hall (Focal point of crosscutting theme on MPAB of GLD, CSIRO)


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