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Tag Archives: Vitamin A deficiency

Poster: A food based approach to reduce vitamin A deficiency in Southern Ethiopia: A cross sectional study of maternal nutrition and health indicators

Vitamin A is a micronutrient essential for proper growth and development. Children and pregnant women are most susceptible to vitamin A deficiency (VAD) because of the higher intake requirements needed during critical growth periods. VAD is a serious but preventable public health problem in Ethiopia. Consumption of foods rich in …

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Poster: Performance of the orange fleshed fleshed sweetpotato chain in Mukono district, Uganda

Sweetpotato (Ipomea batatas, (L) Lam) is a versatile crop grown for food and income in East and Central Africa. The beta-carotene rich orange fleshed varieties are known to combat vitamin A deficiency. This flyer provides an overview of OFSP performance dynamics in Uganda. Uncoordinated activities and limited trust were major …

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SPHI Brief 2014: Jumpstarting Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato in West Africa through Diversified Markets

This brief describes the pilot efforts to develop markets for orange-fleshed sweetpotato, in order to stimulate production of the crop and to help combat vitamin A deficiency. The target region is West Africa including Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Briefly, this region has serious micronutrient deficiency which can be controlled …

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

Sweetpotato farming is widely adopted in Mozambique, although it faces 69% Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) to pre-school aged children. Earlier initiatives demonstrated that consumption of orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) has impact on VAD status and is a cheapest source of VA. This brief explains the strategy of Reaching Agents of …

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RAC Brief 2012: What is Vitamin A deficiency and what foods can help prevent it

Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is an easy to grow, rich source of vitamin A and hence, is a cost-effective way to combat Vitamin A Deficiency in children under 5 years of age and women of reproductive age. The time is ripe to invest in programs that will make the benefits of …

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Presentation: Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) Project; Achievements: Advocacy under RAC

This presentation focuses on the Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) goals to generate new investments through governments, donors and NGOs; in efforts to scale up investments in Orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP). Further, the key achievements at country level and sub-regional and regional advocacy for use of OFSP as tool to …

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

Nigeria produces 3.9 Million metric tons/year of sweetpotato (SP) ranking second largest SP producing country in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Despite this huge produce, undernutrition is a challenge cause high mortality to under 5 year children. The Orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is a powerhouse that can address nutritional challenges. However, OFSP …

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

In Tanzania, sweetpotato is significant crop and widely grown particularly in Lake Victoria and Eastern zones. Despite relatively high productions, Tanzanians still faces malnutrition and stunted growths especially to children. The orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is a Vitamin A powerhouse that can address nutritional deficiencies among young children and women …

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SPHI Brief 2014: Scaling Up Sweetpotato Through Agriculture and Nutrition in Kenya

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is a significant public health problem in Kenya. Over the past years effort from mama SASHA project combined nutritional counseling linking antenatal and infant health services with OFSP dissemination and agricultural extension, which proved to be very effective in increasing both OFSP adoption and utilization of …

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