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SPHI Brief 2012: Tackling food insecurity and malnutrition in Ethiopia through diversification

Ethiopia is second most populated sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) country. Further, food insecurity is a major and ever worsening problem. Underlying causes include rapidly increasing population pressure, low productivity of the agricultural sector, widespread environmental degradation and recurrent droughts. Sweetpotato is ideally suited as a post-emergency rehabilitation crop in Ethiopia. Progress is being made in introducing pro-vitamin A rich sweetpotato in Tigray, where sweetpotato is a brand new crop as well as in SNNPR, the region with the highest sweetpotato production in Ethiopia. This brief outlines some key achievements 2.5 years later. These are half of target household reached, 5000 farmers received sweetpotato agriculture practices training including vine multiplication, root production and utilization.


Schulz, S. 2012. Tackling food insecurity and malnutrition in Ethiopia through diversification. international potato Center (CIP).