October 13, 2016 | Lottie, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

I know that lots of food, such as bread and cereal, has added vitamins. But I didn't realise just how important this is for developing countries.

This year the World Food Prize has been awarded to four scientists who developed a new sweet potato fortified with vitamin A. They used traditional plant breeding to make a variety that contains higher levels of the vitamin and can also survive in dry soils.

Millions of people are affected by vitamin A deficiency, which can cause blindness. I hope innovations in farming such as this one can help.


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