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Jumpstarting Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato in West Africa through Diversified Markets

Project Complete

Micronutrient deficiency is a serious public health problem in many developing countries, but unlike wasting, it is often difficult to recognize and thus referred to as Hidden Hunger. Ghana, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso in West Africa are no exception.  OFSP can contribute to solving this problem, but OFSP varieties are not widely available, the nutritional value of OFSP is not widely recognized.

We want demand for OFSP to be market-led in West Africa, both in areas where the crop is currently important (but OFSP is not), and in areas where sweetpotato is not particularly important, but where it has the potential to be.  We expect that market demand for OFSP will greatly stimulate its production, ensuring profits for those who produce it, and nutritional benefits for a large population of consumers, including young children and their mothers, who are particularly at risk.

We are targeting pilot locations in Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.  In Ghana, we are working in communities in the Upper East and Northern Regions (Bawku, Navrongo, Tolon and Kumbungu Districts). In Nigeria, we are working in Osun State and in adjacent Kwara State. In Burkina Faso, we are targeting communities near Orodara in Kennedougou Province.

Erna Abidin (CIP)

Key Project Information

Jumpstarting Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato in West Africa through Diversified Marketsis a three-year project. It partners with a diversity of NGO and public sector actors to target both informal and formal markets in each country. We are working towards four major outcomes at each target location: 1) to establish commercial sweetpotato seed systems to provide clean planting material year round, 2) to develop formal and informal markets for OFSP, 3) to enable farmers including women, to participate in OFSP value chains and 4) to increase consumption of OFSP and other vitamin A-rich foods by vulnerable target populations, particularly women and children under the age of five.  In each location, we are working with an array of partners, relevant government agencies and NGOs, to identify markets, organize farmers into groups capable of serving those markets, and access inputs and credit, if required.  By conducting awareness and demand creation campaigns at the local level and advocating for OFSP for food and nutrition security at all levels, demand is created in both formal and informal markets.  In each area, building capacity to achieve project outcomes is a key element of project activities, as is building the partnerships to ensure and replicate success.   


Project Leader: Erna Abidin


Project Members: Koussao Some, Janet Trucker, Kwabena Acheremu, Brian Kiger, Francis Amagloh, Esi Amoaful, Jude Njoku, Justus Lotade-Manje, Ibok Oduro, Joseph Nchor, Soeleimane Adekambi, Tope Fatumnbi, Eric Dery, Marian Quain, Ted Carey  

Leader Putri Ernawati Abidin
Start date April 04, 2014
End date March 31, 2017
Lead organization International Potato Center (CIP)
Collaborating organizations NGOs iDE-Ghana iDE-Burkina Faso Association of Church-Based Development Projects (ACDEP) Partnership for Child Development (PCD) ESOKO National programs Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA) Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – Crops Research Institute (CRI) CSIR – Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) University for Development Studies (UDS) Ghana Health Service (GHS) National agricultural extension services
Region West Africa
Countries Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso
Status Complete
Type of project Development / Dissemination and Research
Financing Sources Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Funding Amount (USD) $4,000,000
Members Jude Njoku, Justus Lotade-Manje, Putri Ernawati Abidin, Francis Kweku Amagloh, SOME Koussao, Kwabena Acheremu, Esi Foriwa Amoaful, Souleimane Adekambi, Eric Dery, Ted Carey, Ibrahim Koara, Richard Atuna, JOSE MARIO CARDENAS


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