In Malawi, the orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) has huge potential to contribute to food security, better nutrition and livelihoods. Staff at the International Potato Center (CIP) have recognized this potential and are busy working to get it into the hands farmers and onto the plates of children in rural Malawi to improve the lives of those vulnerable to malnutrition, specifically to Vitamin A deficiency.
In Malawi orange fleshed sweetpotato is under appreciated in regards to its contribution to farm family resilience and its current and potential role in sustainable food security. As such, CIP is implementing the Scaling up Sweetpotato through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) to do something about this. With the ambitious aim of reaching 75,000 households with children under 5 years of age with planting material of nutritious OFSP varieties (along with nutrition messages and counseling), CIP is taking an aggressive approach to the distribution of OFSP varieties across the country.