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Rooting out Hunger in Malawi with OFSP – PHASE 1

Project Complete

The national percentage of persons falling below the poverty line is 39%, a marked improvement from the 50% found in 2005. However, rural poverty remains much higher than urban  and poverty in the rural South is significantly higher than in the center  or the north of the country.

This 4.5-year program intended to improve vitamin A and energy intake for at least 70,000 rural households with young children, the group most vulnerable to vitamin A defi ciency (VAD), and people living with HIV and AIDS using orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) as the key entry point.

The project has worked in Nsanje, Chikhwawa, Zomba, Phalombe, Mulanje, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, Balaka, Machinga districts of the Southern Region of Malawi; Dedza, Lilongwe, Salima, Dowa and Kasungu districts in Central Region; and Mzimba district in Northern Region.

Putri Erna Abidin (CIP), p.abidin@cgiar.org

Key Project Information

This 4.5-year program intended to improve vitamin A and energy intake for at least 70,000 rural households with young children, the group most vulnerable to vitamin A deficiency (VAD), and people living with HIV and AIDS using orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) as the key entry point. The 1-2-3 seed system combined with nutrition awareness campaigns and OFSP product demonstrations and training of trainers approach, aimed to stimulate demand for OFSP and ensured that by the end of the project at least 20% of households growing OFSP would earn at least US $100 per year from OFSP sales and would increase their sweetpotato yields by 50%.

Leader Putri Ernawati Abidin
Start date October 01, 2009
End date April 30, 2014
Lead organization International Potato Center
Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Countries Malawi
Status Complete
Type of project Development / Dissemination and Research
Financing Sources Irish Aid
Members Putri Ernawati Abidin, Felistus Chipungu

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