For three years, hundreds of participants in Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Burkina Faso benefited from an annual Training of Trainers (ToT) course called ‘Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sweetpotato.’ The course was one of the main activities implemented by the Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) Project (2011-2014). RAC aims to increase investment in orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) to combat vitamin A deficiency among young children and women of reproductive age. RAC also seeks to build the capacity of public sector extension and non-governmental organizational personnel to effectively implement initiatives aimed at promoting the dissemination and appropriate use of vitamin A-rich OFSP. The course was implemented by the International Potato Center and Helen Keller International in partnership with three national host institutions – Sokoine University of Agriculture – Tanzania, Eduardo Mondlane University – Mozambique, and the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute – Nigeria. This photostory highlights the objectives and content, target group, training methodology and step-down process of the course. It also emphasizes the institutionalization of the course, impact and sustainability strategies of future courses. The implementers call upon development partners to sponsor participants to take part in this annual course.
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