Gates Foundation grant
Thu April 14, 2011
Danforth Center gets grant for African nutrition
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur $8.3 million to increase the nutritional value of a staple crop in Africa.
Nearly a quarter-billion people living in sub-Saharan Africa consume cassava, or manioc. The plant science center says those who depend on the root for food often suffer from chronic malnutrition because it contains limited vitamin A or iron. The grant will fund research into increasing the level of those nutrients in cassava as well as ways to make it more accessible and affordable.