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Hidden HungerGender and the Politics of Smarter Foods$
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Aya Hirata Kimura

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451645

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451645.001.0001

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Creating Needs for Golden Rice

Creating Needs for Golden Rice

(p.139) 7 Creating Needs for Golden Rice
Hidden Hunger

Aya Hirata Kimura

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on Indonesia's biofortification programs. The program uses plant-breeding technologies to develop food crops that are rich in micronutrients. In contrast with conventional fortification, which adds minerals and vitamins to a particular food, biofortification reconfigures the plant itself through biotechnology or conventional breeding to make it more nutritious. Indeed, the birth of the concept of biofortification can be traced to the mid-1990s. The promoters of biofortification tend to present it as an undertaking that combines agriculture and nutrition. They discuss agricultural research and development after World War II emphasized crop yields and income increase rather than nutrition as research objectives. The remainder of the chapter addresses this issue in the context of Indonesia's Golden Rice in Indonesia.

Keywords:   biofortification, plant-breeding technology, biotechnology, agriculture, nutrition, Golden Rice, Indonesia

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