Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Annan held meetings with key stakeholders involved in the Jumpstarting Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) project ongoing in Ghana January 9-11. They also made field visits, interacting with project beneficiaries towards Ghana’s Cape Coast and the greater Accra area. Participants included CIP staff in Ghana, representatives from the Ghana Ministry of Agriculture, farmers, donors and private sector actors such as processors currently involved in promoting the breeding and
consumption of OFSP. They highlighted progress made towards sustainable and inclusive market driven approaches for OFSP in the country that led to increased incomes and improved health through consumption of Vitamin A-rich OFSP, especially in women and children. The three-year Jumpstart project winds up in 2017. Jumpstart is supported by a generous grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.