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Implementation of Multiple Irish Aid-Funded Orange Flesh Sweet Potato Projects

Biofortification of sweetpotatoes is a promising and sustainable agricultural approach to reduce vitamin A deficiency (VAD), particularly in remote areas where individuals have limited access to commercial markets and mainly rely on household-produced crops. Due to its large genetic variability, its favorable growing characteristics, and the high consumption in remote …

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Biofortification, Crop Adoption, and Health Information: Impact Pathways in Mozambique and Uganda

Biofortification, breeding staple food crops to be dense sources of essential micronutrients, is fast emerging as a strategy to fight micronutrient malnutrition. Large-scale biofortification investments are being made in several developing countries, but until recently little rigorous evidence about the impact of these investments has been available. In this paper, …

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Scaling Up Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato Through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) in Mozambique

SUSTAIN is a 5-year partnership (2013-2018), coordinated by CIP and financed by the UK Department for International Development, to scale up the nutrition benefits of biofortified orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP). The goal is to reach 1.2 million households with under-5 year old children in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, and Rwanda. SUSTAIN supports …

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Exploiting the use of biotechnology in sweetpotato for improved nutrition and food security: Progress and future outlook

Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) production is expanding faster than any other major food crop in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with about 13.4 million tons of roots from 3.2 million hectares in 2005. However, major constraints, including sweetpotato weevils (SPWs) and sweetpotato virus disease (SPVD) cause almost total crop loss on susceptible cultivars. …

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Global Policymakers Commit to Scaling-Up Nutritious Foods to Reach Millions

Presents a press release on the 2nd Global Confernce on Biofortification ‘Getting Nutritious Foods to People,’ which was held in Kigali from March 31- April 2 2014. The conference was organized by HarvestPlus and the Government of Rwanda and more than 300 high-level policymakers and practitioners from different sectors attended …

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