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The potential of genetically modified food crops to improve human nutrition in developing countries

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  • Howarth Bouis

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Because of poor dietary quality and consequent widespread micronutrient malnutrition in low income countries, children and their mothers, who have higher requirements for vitamins and minerals due to rapid growth and reproduction respectively, have higher mortality, become sick more often, have their cognitive abilities compromised for a lifetime, and are less productive members of the workforce. Their quality of life and aggregate economic growth are unnecessarily compromised. One way that biotechnology can help to improve the nutrition and health of consumers in developing countries is by increasing the vitamin and mineral content and their bioavailability in staple foods.

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  • Howarth Bouis, 2007. "The potential of genetically modified food crops to improve human nutrition in developing countries," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(1), pages 79-96.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:43:y:2007:i:1:p:79-96
    DOI: 10.1080/00220380601055585
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    1. Zandile Masela & Abbyssinia Mushunje & Saul Ngarava & Amon Taruvinga & Simbarashe Tatsvarei, 2018. "Benefits of an Irrigation Scheme and Its Determinants to Surrounding Peripheral Rural Communities," Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, AMH International, vol. 10(6), pages 79-90.
    2. Mozumdar, Lavlu & Islam, Mohammad & Saha, Sumitra, 2012. "Genetically modified organisms and sustainable crop production: A critical review," Journal of the Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES), vol. 10.
    3. Georgina Catacora-Vargas & Rosa Binimelis & Anne I. Myhr & Brian Wynne, 2018. "Socio-economic research on genetically modified crops: a study of the literature," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 35(2), pages 489-513, June.

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