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SPHI Brief 2014: The Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) Project in Tanzania (2011-2014)

Tanzania is an extremely significant food crop. It is particularly important in the densely populated Lake Victoria Zone and Eastern zone and is considered a classic food security crop. Overall, Tanzania sweetpotato production is ranked second in East African community and seventh global. Challenge of Vitamin a deficiency and associated …

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Introducing the Vitamin A sweetpotato – Drama Skit II

  This play script demonstrates local farmers’ livelihood transformation by adopting orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) farming. It is evident that extensions services can aid avert common mistakes resulting from farmer practices and lower production. For instance, mixing clean planting material with diseased one cause cross contamination. It concludes by showing …

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Orange sweetpotato Farm Radio Script

  This is a script interview with sweetpotato farmers in Uganda. The interview is based on recent researcher’s discovery of new crops friendly to farmers such as Orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP). OFSP is aimed to address problems that African agricultural system is facing such as climate change, pest and diseases, …

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Vitamin A Deficiency is a major threat to women and children’s health in Mozambique. In 2000, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development launched a program to multiply and widely distribute vines of orange-fleshed sweetpotato varieties (OFSVs) to smallholders throughout the country. Since sweetpotatoes are grown and consumed by almost …

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Summary of progress on orange-fleshed sweetpotato research and development in Ethiopia

Summery Progress on OFSP

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) remains an important public health problem in developing countries like Ethiopia. Orange fleshed sweetpotato varieties have high contents of β-carotenoid and potentially can reduce the effects of vitamin A deficiency. To this effect, vitamin A for Africa (VITAA) was initiated. A planning work shop on “Combating …

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Investigating carotenoid loss after drying and storage of orange-fleshed sweet potato


Biofortified orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is being promoted to tackle vitamin A deficiency, a serious public health problem affecting children and pregnant/lactating women in sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of the study was to quantify and understand the factors influencing carotenoid losses in dried OFSP. Losses were determined in chips after drying …

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