HarvestPlus 2011 Annual Report
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are essential for children to grow, learn, and build healthy immune systems. One in three people in the world suffer from a hidden hunger caused by a lack of micronutrients (such as vitamin A, zinc, and iron) in their diets. Hidden hunger also affects adults and can lead to repeated bouts of illness and weakened ability to work, as well as increase the risk of women dying during childbirth.