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Where We Work

Since 2011, the project focused on five districts in Eastern Province (Chipata, Katete, Lundazi, Nyimba, Petauke) and one district in Central Province, Kapiri-Mposhi, known for sweetpotato production that feeds into the Lusaka (the capital of Zambia) market.  The project was hosted by ZARI’s Msekera research station in Chipata, Zambia.

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The Problem

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 …

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Our Objectives

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 …

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Where We Work

We are working in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Nassarawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kwara, and Osun states.

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The Problem

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 …

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Our Objectives

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 …

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Where We Work

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 …

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