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Poster 4: Situational analysis of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) in Kenya

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and Malnutrition are widespread throughout the developing world. About 44% of pre-school age children in Africa are Vitamin A deficient, preventing them from growing and developing normally. In Kenya, VAD affects 84% of children and 39% of women (particularly pregnant women). Increasing the intake through the …
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Presentation 22: Utilization of Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato in Teff-Based Complementary Foods

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) in infants is among the most prevalent micronutrient malnutrition problems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, there is an urgent need to fortify cereal-based complementary foods (ComFs) with β-carotene-rich sources like orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP). In this study, two processing approaches were employed to develop ComFs: household-level approach …
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Breeding Superior Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato Cultivars for West Africa

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is of public health significance in the developing world. In spite of extensive promotion of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) varieties (OFSPs), they are poorly utilized in Ghana because of their low dry matter and high sugar content. The objective of this study was to develop farmer- and consumer-preferred betacarotene-rich varieties to …
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Using Agriculture to Improve Child Health: Promoting Orange Sweet Potatoes Reduces Diarrhea

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is prevalent throughout the developing world, and causes night blindness and increases child morbidity and mortality. We studied the health benefits of biofortification in reducing VAD, using a cluster-randomized impact evaluation in 36 villages in northern Mozambique. Based on a sample of 1,321 observations of children …

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