Zinc and iron deficiency are among the most common micronutrient deficiencies around the globe with greatest burden in low and middle-income countries.

We are conducting the first large-scale investigation into the potential of biofortified wheat to reduce zinc and iron deficiencies among adolescent girls and children in Pakistan.

This study is led by Professor Nicola Lowe from the University of Central Lancashire, in collaboration with the Abaseen Foundation, Khyber Medical University, University of Nottingham, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Kings College London and British Geological Survey.

We received £1.9 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

For further information and blog posts, please visit the project website: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/explore/projects/bizifed-project.php

High zinc variety wheat grains ready to be sown for the BiZiFED2

study in the north-west Pakistan

Study participants carrying the distributed flour to their home

Adolescent girls attending the health centre for blood sample collection