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Implementation of Multiple Irish Aid-Funded Orange Flesh Sweet Potato Projects

Biofortification of sweetpotatoes is a promising and sustainable agricultural approach to reduce vitamin A deficiency (VAD), particularly in remote areas where individuals have limited access to commercial markets and mainly rely on household-produced crops. Due to its large genetic variability, its favorable growing characteristics, and the high consumption in remote …
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Biofortification, Crop Adoption, and Health Information: Impact Pathways in Mozambique and Uganda

Biofortification, breeding staple food crops to be dense sources of essential micronutrients, is fast emerging as a strategy to fight micronutrient malnutrition. Large-scale biofortification investments are being made in several developing countries, but until recently little rigorous evidence about the impact of these investments has been available. In this paper, …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Integrating Orange – for higher sweetpotato production in the Eastern province of Zambia

Sweetpotato is a critical food security crop in the Eastern province of Zambia. It supplements maize and cassava and serves as a stand-by when other staples fail due to drought or disease. This potential is compromised by lack of sufficient and timely access to disease free or ‘‘clean’’ planting material. …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Mitigando desastres em Moçambique

Mozambique experienced severe drought in Southern and Central regions affecting over 92,000 household. The international Potato Center (CIP) via Mozambique government request, developed disseminating strategy for the orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in affected regions. This initiative aimed to provide the household with drought-resistant varieties, pro-vitamin A rich OFSP. Working closely with …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Mitigating disaster in Mozambique

Mozambique experienced severe drought in Southern and Central regions affecting over 92,000 household. The international Potato Center (CIP) via Mozambique government request, developed disseminating strategy for the orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in affected regions. This initiative aimed to provide the household with drought-resistant varieties, pro-vitamin A rich OFSP. Working closely with …
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RAC Brief 2013: Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) Project

An overall challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa is that, governments are inadequately aware about the extent of the vitamin A problem and the potential of vitamin A rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) to contribute to its solutions. Additionally, organizations that do want to work on sweetpotato often lack adequate technical knowledge. This …
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SPHI Brief 2013: DONATA Enhanced uptake and adoption of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) technologies in East Africa

The DONATA project in sub-Saharan Africa aimed to improve livelihoods and increase economic growth for resource poor farmers. This goal was approached via establishment of multi-stakeholder platforms referred to as Innovation Platforms for Technology Adoption (IPTAs). These multi-stakeholder platforms including National Agriculture Research Institutes (NARIs), non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Nutritious Orange-fleshed sweetpotato for Niassa, Mozambique

Niassa is the most remote and sparsely populated of Mozambique’s provinces with a population density of just 11-12 persons per km2 of land (compared with the national average of 30 persons per km2). This region suffers high rates of child malnutrition. Therefore SASHA initiated a project “Nutritious Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) …
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SPHI Brief 2013: Orange-fleshed sweetpotato is here to stay in Angola

This brief outlines the trends set in implementing orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) project in Angola. This project’s main objective was to initiate a sustainable increase of the economic contribution of the four major vegetatively propagated crops-banana, cassava, sweetpotato, and potato – for improved food security and poverty reduction in the rural …
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