Cassava is a robust crop able to withstand disease, drought and pests. It can grow on poor marginal soils and is thus cultivated and eaten where both poverty and malnutrition is widespread.
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient lacking in the diets of poor malnourished populations. Vitamin A deficiency retards growth, increases risk of disease, and can cause reproductive disorders.
Biofortifying cassava with provitamin A (converted in the body to vitamin A) could significantly improve nutrition and overall health, especially among poorer communities.
Life of Vitamin A Cassava
In the Media
‘Rambo’ root packs new vitamin A punch, VOA, September 2013
Tackling hidden hunger with vit. A cassava, The Guardian Nigeria, September 2013
Nigeria: knotty cassava tubers can change a nation, Think Africa Press, June 2013
Journey to consumption of pro-vitamin A cassava varieties in Nigeria, Vanguard, March 2012
Scientists develop Vitamin A cassava in Nigeria, to tackle malnutrition in Africa, Africa Science News, December 2011.
Vitamin A Cassava Dissemination Officially Launched in Nigeria
Minister of Agriculture Launches Vitamin A Cassava in Nigeria
Nigeria Releases New Vitamin A Cassava to Improve Public Health for Millions