Rwanda’s Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has said that the challenge Rwanda has is not only about producing more food, but producing nutritious food.
Habumuremyi made the remarks at the opening session of the Second Global Biofortification Conference, held at Serena Hotel, in Kigali on March 31, 2014
Prime Minister however said that Global Conference on Biofortification will present an opportunity for Rwanda, and the world to identify its respective strengths and capacities to deliberately expand access to nutritious foods.
This Conference under the consultation theme: “Getting Nutritious Foods to People” brings together about 300 participants from multidisciplinary researchers and scholars; multi-sectorial value chain players, government representatives and policy makers and industrialists across, development partners from Africa, North America, Latin America and Asia.
During the deliberation from participants will be expected to explore some of the most critical challenge areas and possible solutions related to the scaling up and mainstreaming of biofortification.
the conference will also check on past achievements, new opportunities and challenges for food-based approaches for improving nutrition and the role of inter-sectorial partnerships of international and national entities, governments, NGOs, the private sector and other value chain stakeholders in improving agriculture and scaling-out achievements and reach of better crops for better nutrition and health for the benefit of the poor.
Participants will also have an opportunity to visit Rwandan communities growing nutritious crops.
Among the keynote speakers will be Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, renowned agricultural scientist and leader of India’s green revolution, and Dr. Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The First Global Conference on Biofortification was held in Washington, D.C. in November 2010, where international experts converged to discuss the future of malnutrition.
Early this February, Rwanda a three-day National Food and Nutrition Summit, and Rwanda’s Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has said that the problem of malnutrition is not related to the economy but lack of basic knowledge and good nutritional practices among communities, an aspect that has hampered the health initiatives.