worldfoodprizeOn March 14, 2017 the APPG hosted the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates for a panel discussion on their work on biofortification, specifically orange-flesh sweet potato (OFSP). 

The 2016 World Food Prize was the first ever awarded to four laureates: three scientists from the International Potato Center (Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga and Jan Low) as well as Dr. Howarth Bouis (IFPRI). 

In the course of the session the CIP laureates and Dr. Bouis highlighted the advances in biofortication work and the opportunities to achieve impact at scale through policy and advocacy work in the developing world. The CIP team outlined the breeding challenges and specific advances on OFSP that, with support from the donor community (including strong backing from UKAID) has now achieved impact at scale through adoption by some 2.8 million households in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The Laureates also underlined how the progress achieved so far in biofortification remains incomplete, and called for further support to continue to enhance the impact of the work being carried out.