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micronutrient

 [mi″kro-noo´tre-ent]
a dietary element essential only in small quantities, such as selenium, copper, or manganese.

micronutrient

Any of the necessary minor components of a well-balanced diet, including vitamins and minerals, which are ingested either in relatively large amounts (thus known as macrominerals) or in minimal amounts (known as trace minerals).

micronutrient

Clinical nutrition A minor and necessary component of a balanced diet–eg, vitamins, minerals. See Diet. Cf Macronutrient, Minerals, Non-nutritive dietary component, Vitamins.

micronutrient

any TRACE ELEMENT (e.g. zinc) or compound required in only minute amounts by organisms. Compare MACRONUTRIENT.
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Breeding strategies for biofortified staple plant foods to reduce micronutrient malnutrition globally.
Specific investments and programmes are also needed to effectively reduce micronutrient malnutrition. Possible avenues for directly reducing deficiencies are programmes that distribute nutrient supplements to the most deficient people, mass fortification of commonly consumed foods and condiments, and biofortification.
"With over 2 billion people in the world suffering from micronutrient malnutrition, we need to find sustainable ways to improve absorption of iron, zinc, vitamin A, and iodine.
Although continued population growth makes it imperative to continue increasing total agricultural production, focusing only on caloric output will worsen micronutrient malnutrition. In parts of Ethiopia, malnutrition has persisted despite heavy investments in agricultural infrastructure that have produced significant increases in the production of staples.
They said that Food Fortification Programme (FFP) was established to provide support to industry to adequately fortify wheat flour and edible oil or ghee in Pakistan, considering micronutrient malnutrition as major public health challenge in Pakistan.
The factors which are rampant in the country include food insecurity, micronutrient malnutrition, inaccessibility to clean water and health services, feeding and care practices, lack of women's education, and poverty,' she says adding these can be found all over the country and are not region specific.
Micronutrient Malnutrition (MNM) is a widespread disease in both industrialized and developing countries but is adversely affecting the latter.
He said the topic was relevant because the National Nutrition Survey indicates that stunting, wasting and micronutrient malnutrition are endemic in Pakistan.
She said, Under-nutrition, including micronutrient malnutrition, is one of the main causes of impaired physical and mental development among infants and children.