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Scaling up Sweetpotato Through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) project – Rwanda

Project Ongoing

Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) has a huge potential for improving vitamin A status among young children and strengthening livelihoods in Rwanda. Biofortified, Vitamin A, rich OFSP varieties are an effective tool for reducing vitamin A deficiency (VAD) among children under five years of age, pregnant and lactating women, the groups most at risk of VAD and bolstering livelihoods in Rwanda. VAD can lead to increased susceptibility to infections and blindness.

SUSTAIN supports integrated interventions in agriculture, nutrition, utilization and marketing to strengthen production and consumption of OFSP.

Gakenke, Kayonza, Rulindo, Muhanga, Gicumbi, Rwamagana, Ruhango and Kamonyi.

Kacyiru Road St. 563, Plot No. 1490- Gasabo District

Kigali, Rwanda,  

E-mail: k.sindi@cgiar.org

Tel: +250787113357 or 250733113357

Key Project Information

The International Potato Center (CIP) managed project in Rwanda will scale up the development of an Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) seed system, link beneficiaries to market through effective partnerships and integrate agriculture-nutrition health linkages to deliver OFSP to various segments of Rwandan households. By 2018 the project will reach an estimated 50,000 direct and 250,000 indirect Rwandan beneficiaries with young children with nutrition information and counseling in selected districts. Improved nutrition through dietary diversity and the increased OFSP consumption will also be emphasized at the household and community level.

The 5-year regional project is working to enhance nutrition and food security of women and young children in East and Southern Africa through integrated agriculture – nutrition interventions utilizing orange fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP). The project aims to reach 1.2 million farming households in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, and Rwanda.

Start date October 23, 2017
End date October 23, 2017
Lead organization International Potato Center (CIP)
Collaborating organizations RAB, Imbaraga farmer Organization, YWCA, RCA, Local Government, Urwibutso Enterprises, UNICEF, WORLD VISION, ONE ACRE FUND, CARITAS, CRS, La Galette and DUHANGE KUBY’IWACU.
Region Eastern and Southern Africa
Countries Rwanda, Kenya, Mozambique and Malawi
Type of project Development / Dissemination and Research
Financing Sources UK Department for International Development(UKaid)
Members leonidas dusengemungu

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