Nutritional foods contain different types of nutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins. A balanced diets contains foods with these nutrients. Such balanced diets are necessary for a healthy life. However accessing the foods needed to develop a body nutritionally is a challenge to some people. Whilst others simply lack the nutritional knowledge on what they should eat, others cannot afford to buy the right foods.
Vitamin A deficiency is one of the results of malnutrition. It is often high among young children, pregnant and lactating mothers, who are the most vulnerable to hunger. In a bid to improve the nutrition of people in Rwanda, the International Potato Center (CIP), through its SUSTAIN and Feed the Future projects, promotes orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes, which are rich in beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, and which is easily accessible to the project beneficiaries who are vulnerable to vitamin A deficiency.
The projects understands the power of knowledge. That is why CIP, together with project implementing partners hold nutritional trainings for the targeted groups. These trainings teach households how they can live healthier lives by eating nutritious foods.