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Howarth Bouis

Howarth Bouis is Director of HarvestPlus ( He coordinates an interdisciplinary, global alliance of research centers and implementing agencies to biofortify and disseminate micronutrient-dense staple food crops and to measure their impact in improving nutrition. Since 1993, he has sought to promote biofortification activities both within the Future Harvest Centers, including their NARES partners, and in the international nutrition community -- through publications, seminars, workshops, symposiums, and fund-raising.

Bouis holds a joint appointment at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. where he is based, and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia. He joined IFPRI in 1982, as a post-doctoral fellow in the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division (FCND), and later as Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in FCND. His research concentrated on understanding how economic factors affect food demand and nutrition outcomes, particularly in Asia.  

He received his B.A. in economics from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University's Food Research Institute. Before entering graduate school, he spent three years in the Philippines with Volunteers in Asia.