Marie Claire Mukakimenyi: Money from farming for the family

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With orange-fleshed sweet potato I have been able to increase my income and it is more reliable. The income I get from farming now means that I can help my children – three of my children are at university and I am paying for their school fees with this money.

I have also used this income to construct a second house just nearby. Because of the regular income I was receiving from the orange-fleshed sweet potato I was able to get a loan from the bank to build the second house. I rent the house to a tenant, which means that I have extra income for my family. One day I will give the second house to my son to live in.

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.

 

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