Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes to change Ethiopian food security

In 2020, Ethiopian growers welcomed the Development and Delivery of Bio-fortified Crops at Scale (DDBIO) project, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom and with technical support from the International Potato Center (CIP).

Working through agricultural extension agents, CIP and DDBIO provided 10,000 cuttings to be used to cultivate biofortified orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP). This nutritious crop is easy to grow, matures quickly and provides good levels of vitamin A. The surplus OFSP can be sold at market for extra income.

Thousands of poor smallholder farmers have benefitted from DDBIO over the course of this project. In 2020, CIP distributed 2.7 million OFSP vine cuttings to more than 6,600 smallholder farmers in nine wards. More than 40% of the recipients were women. In total, these cuttings were enough to plant 54 hectares of OFSP with estimated yields of 1,620 metric tons.


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