Fortified sweetpotato varieties ‘improve diet of millions’

Millions of families in Africa and South Asia have improved their diet with special varieties of sweetpotato designed to tackle vitamin A deficiency, according to a report published today.

A six-year project, launched in 2013, used a double-edged approach of providing farming families with sweetpotato cuttings as well as nutritional education on the benefits of orange-fleshed sweetpotato.

The Scaling Up Sweetpotato through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) project, led by the International Potato Center (CIP) and more than 20 partners, reached more than 2.3 million households with children under five with planting material.

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