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Sweetpotato for Health and Wealth in Nigeria (Rainbow Project)

Project Complete

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.

Olapeju Phorbee (CIP)

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.

Leader Olapeju Phorbee
Start date January 01, 2014
End date December 31, 2015
Lead organization International Potato Center (CIP)
Collaborating organizations Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) Helen Keller International (HKI) National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike (NRCRI) Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Selected State Agricultural Development Programs (ADP)
Region West Africa
Countries Nigeria
Status Complete
Type of project Development / Dissemination and Research
Financing Sources Federal Government of Nigeria
Funding Amount (USD) $240,000
Members Olapeju Phorbee, Justina S. Udosen, JOSE MARIO CARDENAS


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