The Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) project started in June 2011, and is being implemented by the International Potato Center (CIP), with Helen Keller International (HKI) as a major partner. RAC is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
RAC has three key goals:
- Mobilization of at least $18 million to orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) dissemination programs in five target countries (Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso);
- Substantial progress by a cadre of trained African advocates in ensuring that the use of OFSP is an integral part of strategies that address food insecurity and micronutrient malnutrition at regional and sub-regional levels in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as well as in the five RAC target countries; and
- Establishment of technical capacity for successful OFSP project implementation and continued awareness raising, resource mobilization, and change agent training efforts to continue once the project has ended.
This Situation Analysis is a tool for the African advocates working on RAC’s second key goal. The orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) advocates will be working with regional and sub-regional organizations to ensure that OFSP is included in their food security, nutrition and micronutrient strategies. As such, this document identifies 16 regional/sub-regional organizations and 7 international organizations and initiatives that are potential partners for promoting OFSP.