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Developing and Delivering Biofortified Crops

Project Ongoing

Nearly 20 percent of children under five years of age have vitamin A deficiency (UDHS 2006).  Another main component of micronutrient malnutrition is iron deficiency anemia.  Prevalence of anemia among children under five year of age is estimated at 73 percent (UDHS 2006) and a proportion of this is due to iron deficiency.  Coverage of vitamin A supplementation among children is 36% and coverage of iron supplementation for pregnant mothers is about 60% (UDHS 2006).

To increase production and consumption of orange sweet potatoes and high iron beans among 310,000HH in Uganda by 2016

Gulu, Lira, Oyam, Kole, Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Kibaale, Mbarara, Bushenyi, Masaka, Rakai, Buyende, Jinja, Luuka, Mayuge, Namayingo, Namutumba, Kamuli, Kaliro, Bugiri, Iganga,Masindi, Kamwenge, Mukono

International Food Policy Research Institue

P.O.Box 28565, Kampala-Uganda

Plot 15, East Naguru Road, Naguru

Tel:+256  772483304

Key Project Information

This project assesses a strategy for addressing micronutrient malnutrition in Uganda through the dissemination of two biofortified crops: high-vitamin A orange sweet potato and high-iron beans. Building on past projects Reaching End Users and Sustainability of Impact: Biofortification in Uganda, this new phase entails large-scale distribution of the crops along with nutrition information and marketing campaigns. Funded by USAID’s Feed the Future initiative, this project provides  an opportunity to learn what strategies for dissemination of planting material, trainings, and information campaigns are most cost-effective at encouraging sustainable adoption and diffusion of these crops in Uganda in order to increase local consumption of vitamin A and iron.



Sylvia Magezi, Judith Muduwa, Charles Musoke, Angella Atero, Lillian Adeke, Abaijuka Ignatius, Jude Asiimwe, Lukusa Cletie, Rachel Wakulira

Start date October 01, 2011
End date September 30, 2016
Lead organization HarvestPlus Uganda
Collaborating organizations CIP, NARO, Makerere University, BioCrops, Senai
Region East African Region
Countries Uganda


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