Since 2003, Dr. Howarth Bouis has directed HarvestPlus, a global research and implementation program that develops and disseminates nutrient-rich food crops to reduce hidden hunger, caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet. HarvestPlus is administered as a joint venture between the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Bouis has been advocating widely for improving nutrition through food-based approaches such as biofortification, since 1995 when he directed the CGIAR Micronutrients Project.
Bouis received his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 1972, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Stanford’s Food Research Institute. He joined IFPRI out of Stanford in 1982, where he has been based ever since, as a post-doctoral fellow in the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division; he later held positions as Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow. Before focusing on biofortification, his research concentrated on understanding how economic factors affect food demand and nutrition outcomes, particularly in Asia. Before entering graduate school, Bouis spent three years in the Philippines with Volunteers in Asia.