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The Problem

Niassa suffers from very high rates of child malnutrition.  Forty-five percent of children less than five years of age are stunted, levels of vitamin A deficiency are high, and nutritional knowledge among caregivers low.  Baseline data indicated that 76% of households in target districts are growing sweetpotato (average plot size 300 m); indicating that knowledge of the crop is widespread and the introduction of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) would be a marginal change.