From July 2017 to May 2019, a total of 8.45 million orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) cuttings (1,317,500 in Tigray and 7,131,220 in Southern Nations Nationalities and People Region (SNNPR)) were distributed. These directly reached 19,758 households (HHs): 5,348 HHs in Tigray and 14,410 HHs in SNNPR. In addition, continuous advocacy efforts by the International Potato Center (CIP) and other partners means that OFSP is now recognized as a key biofortified crop for addressing food insecurity and micronutrient malnutrition in Ethiopia. OFSP has been mainstreamed into national health and agriculture strategies and the government extension education package.
Subjects: Food security, Nutrition, Seed systems, sweetpotatoes, Sweetpotato agri-food systems
Publisher: International Potato Center
Publication Date: August 31, 2019
Rights: Open access: CC-BY-4.0
Keywords: 2019 SPHI Brief 33, Ethiopia, Food security, Institutional systems, Nutrition, OFSP
HOW TO CITE
International Potato Center. 2019. SPHI Brief 33. Strengthening institutional systems for scaling up OFSP for improved nutrition and food security in Tigray and SNNPR, Ethiopia. CIP. 2 p.