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Uganda: How farmers can add value to sweet potatoes

Close to 10 million Ugandans do not have enough food to meet their basic daily energy needs. Another estimated 17 million suffer from different nutritional deficiencies because they lack the money to buy foods like meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and poultry.

This exposes them to diseases, premature death and impaired growth because their diets lack essential nutrients like vitamin A, iodine and zinc. To address this problem, HarvestPlus decided to help sweet potato farmers in Uganda to add value to their produce.

HarvestPlus is a global alliance of research institutions and implementing agencies that work together to breed and avail to farmers high yield crops for better nutrition. In Uganda, it is coordinated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

We used Soroti Sweet Potato Producers Association (SOSPPA) to implement the project. We used SOSPPA because they have been growing sweet potatoes for the last three decades. They have the land, experience and labour.

SOSPPA has now started producing sweet potatoes rich in Vitamin A. HarvestPlus focuses on staple food crops consumed by most of the world's poor living in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Source: allafrica.com

Publication date: 10/29/2010


 


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