Dear HLPE Steering Committee,
Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback. I believe that Human beings must consume a variety of nutrients in order to live healthy and active lives. In order to do this, diets must be diversified, with every aspect of that diet as nutritious as possible. Today diet composition is highly variable, linked to culture, availability, access, and cost, to name a few. Where cost is a key concern, diets are far more likely to be dominated by staple grains, roots, tubers, and legumes.
Biofortification is a proven strategy to increase the nutrient content of staple grains, legumes, roots, and tubers. It has a focus on essential nutrients that are often lacking in diets - vitamin A, iron, and zinc. Integrated into the food system, biofortification improves the nutrient content of several elements of a diversified diet, even when diet diversification is constrained, improves the nutrient status of consumers, and supports healthy and active lives.
All conventionally bred, biofortified crops are agronomically competitive, more climate smart, often with better drought tolerance or disease resistance, making them higher yielding replacement varieties for the varieties normally grown, rather than additional niche varieties to be grown and added to the diet. Integrating and scaling up the production of biofortified crops in food systems is an integral part of delivering more nutritious diets to consumers as we look towards 2030.
I hope that this feedback is helpful to your process.