Golden rice: What role could it play in alleviation of vitamin a deficiency? - Mexico, DF (Mexico) CIMMYT : 2003 - p. 43 - Printed
Golden Rice is a new variety that has been genetically modified to contain beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A. This modification was undertaken as a strategy to address vitamin A deficiency, which is widespread in the less developed countries of Asia. Children's food intake data from a poor rural region of the Philippines is used to simulate the potential impact of Golden Rice on vitamin A intake. The potential impact, coverage of deficient subpopulations, and costs of Golden Rice are compared to two other interventions that have been tried in Southeast Asia, fortification and supplement. Golden Rice could deliver amounts of vitamin A that are modest but significant in the context of current intake levels. Also, it compares favorably with other interventions in terms of costs and coverage. Understanding where it may have greatest impact on vitamin A deficient diets would help to target efforts to adapt this new variety for release and adoption.
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