Nigeria, together with partners such as the Building Nutritious Food Baskets Project (BNFB), is using innovative approaches to tackle hidden hunger. Gift Buduzhi Oguzor, a community nutritionist, is leading one such effort, championing efforts to scale up nutritious, vitamin A rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in Rivers state.
The Building Nutritious Food Baskets: Scaling up Biofortified Crops for Nutrition Security” project goal is to reduce hidden hunger by catalyzing sustainable investment for the utilization of biofortified crops (vitamin A cassava, vitamin A maize, vitamin A sweetpotato and iron rich beans) at scale. The 3-year project is implemented in Nigeria and Tanzania and purposes to demonstrate how multiple biofortified crops can be scaled up together at country level using a “food basket” approach.
The project has two specific objectives:
- Strengthening the enabling environment for increased investments in biofortified crops
- Strengthening institutional and community capacities to produce and consume biofortified crops
CIP is the lead project partner implementing with a range of CGIAR centers and programs as well as community, national, regional, and international stakeholders. The partners work together on advocacy, policy development, behaviour change communication for demand creation and capacity development to support the scaling up of multiple biofortified crops.
as a result of the BNFB investment over the next five years.
Tanzania’s Dr. Kiddo Mtunda is championing groundbreaking efforts in her country to ensure that the pro Vitamin A-rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) becomes the new wonder crop for fighting micronutrient malnutrition and more so Vitamin A deficiency (VAD)
In Tanzania, Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is considered a major public health problem requiring appropriate nutrition interventions. The overall magnitude
CIP Participates at the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF2016) ‘Seize the moment! Securing Africa’s rise through agricultural transformation was
Scaling up Biofortified Crops through a “Food Basket” Approach for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa
Biofortification is one of the sustainable and cost-effective ways of addressing micronutrient malnutrition. Biofortification efforts are gaining global recognition
Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) multiplication fields at Ilindi village are impressive and inspirational. The fields, managed by very committed OFSP