Sweetpotato for Health and Wealth in Nigeria (Rainbow Project)
Because of its broad agro-ecological adaptability, sweetpotato is grown in all of Nigeria’s 36 states. Nonetheless, Nigeria still has high levels of poverty and food insecurity. Nutrient deficiency remains a matter of public health concern as over 41% of children below five years of age are stunted and the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency is 29.5%.
In order to reduce the incidence of vitamin A deficiency, we plan to establish committed Decentralized Vine Multipliers (DVMs) so that by 2019 in each state at least 17,500 households, especially those with children below five years of age and women of reproductive age, receive quality vines. We want to create demand for OFSP in both formal and informal sectors, which in turn will drive market development for fresh roots and OFSP-based processed products.
We are working in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Nassarawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kwara, and Osun states.
Key Project Information
We are improving the entire value chain of OFSP. We invest in improved varietal selection. Several decentralized vine multipliers (DVMs) are established throughout a given state to facilitate vine access by farmers for root production. We leverage on the existing Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) programs, to reach out to this target group through their support groups. In addition, we advocate for higher investments to scale up adoption of OFSP as a tool to combat vitamin A deficiency among young children and women of reproductive age. At the same time, we sensitize and create awareness among consumers and informal processors to influence their behaviour and attitudes towards OFSP; we provide them with education on processing and consumption. To increase commercialization and consumption of OFSP, we identify and support small and medium scale processors to develop OFSP into diverse food products. We also help to drive up demand for OFSP by formal and informal sectors. Our research activities are focussed on diversified food product development and appropriate vine management and root storage technologies.
SPHI Brief 2015: Sweetpotato for Health and Wealth in Nigeria UnderwayThis flyer provides details about the objectives, activities, achievements and the future plans of the ‘Sweetpotato for Health and Wealth’ in Nigeria project. The project plans to establish committ...
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SPHI Brief 2015: Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato on the Home Grown School Feeding Menu in NigeriaSweetpotato for health and wealth in Nigeria and Jumpstarting OFSP in West Africa for diversified markets are two projects that focus on development of the value chain for health and wealth of the ...
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