In Mozambique’s Mucuba district – Zambezia province, a group of women farmers break into celebratory songs as we arrive in their village. From the local language they are singing in, I pick up a mention of Vitamin A. A local translator informs us, they are rejoicing over benefits derived from the biofortified orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP)—rich in Vitamin A —introduced to them over three years ago.
In October, 2014, the International Potato Center (CIP) launched a robust project—Viable Sweetpotato Technologies for Africa (VISTA)—that aimed to get OFSP directly into the hands of 65,100 Mozambican households with another 260,000 households indirectly benefitting from improved OFSP varieties and technologies. The project was designed to expand the production and utilization of nutritious OFSP in 11 districts of Nampula Province and 5 districts of Zambézia Province. With funding from USAID’s “Feed the Future” initiative, the project was rolled out in collaboration with government partners. Find out more: