The sweetpotato has huge potential to contribute to food security, better nutrition and livelihoods in many parts of the developing world. The International Potato Center is developing and testing technologies and delivery mechanisms that are capable of fulfilling this potential. In particular, the success of biofortified orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in Africa exemplifies what is possible in terms of improving the lives for the many millions of people vulnerable to malnutrition, specifically to vitamin A deficiency.
In sub-Saharan Africa, CIP is implementing an initiative called Scaling up Sweetpotato through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) 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.