The members of the youth group have now started reaping the benefits. They started to make a little money and to be able to pay their school fees, or pay for health insurance for themselves and their siblings.
Over a period of time, the members of the youth group multiplied vines in their small plots and they started extending the space in which they were growing orange-fleshed sweet potato and moving to larger plots of land.
The orange-fleshed sweet potato roots are admired in the village because of their colour and because they are sweet, have nutritional benefits and are rich in vitamins.
Scaling up Sweetpotato through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) is a five-year partnership (2013-2018) coordinated by the International Potato Center (CIP) and financed by the UK Department for International Development to spread the nutrition benefits of biofortified OFSP to more farmers.
The program aims to reach 1.2 million households with children under 5 years across four countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Rwanda through mutually-reinforcing incentives to increase adoption of OFSP, consumption of Vitamin-A-rich foods, and diversification of OFSP utilization.