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SPHI Brief 2016: OFSP Takes off as Part of the New Accelerated Value Chain Development Program in Kenya

While the orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) has potential to contribute to reduction of vitamin A, and increased food security and income, its production in Western Kenya still remains marginal for various reasons: socio-cultural negative perceptions about the crop, often referred to as a woman’s crop and food for the poor; undeveloped seed systems; non-existence of long-term storage facilities; and inadequate market access. To address these bottlenecks, the project will help to create strong, sustainable OFSP value chains to increase productivity, incomes, and improve nutrition for 65,000 smallholder households over three years (October 2015- September 2018). This brief summarizes the progress made from the project launch to June 2016.