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.

In the Media

‘Rambo’ root packs new vitamin A punch, Voice of America, September 2013
Tackling hidden hunger with vit. A cassava, The Guardian Nigeria, September 2013
Nigeria flags off dissemination of provitamin A cassava varieties, Africa Sicence News, July 2013
Nigeria: knotty cassava tubers can change a nation, Think Africa Press, June 2013
4 states to pilot vitamin A fortified cassava stems, Business Day Nigeria, January 2013
A Root Cause, More nutritious cassava makes its debut, IFPRI Insights Magazine, June 2012
Journey to consumption of pro-vitamin A cassava varieties in Nigeria, Vanguard, March 2012.
Green Light for Yellow Cassava, New Agriculturalist, January 2012.
A Brighter Future for Cassava, World Watch Institute, Nourishing The Planet Blog, January 2012.
Scientists develop Vitamin A cassava in Nigeria, to tackle malnutrition in Africa, Africa Science News, December 2011.
Diffusion de trois variétés de manioc riches en vitamine A au Nigeria, New Agriculturalist, December 2011.
Yellow Cassava for Extra Vitamin A, Agfax, December 2011.
Nigerians to enjoy fortified cassava by 2014 – IITA, Vanguard Nigeria, December 2011.
Why Cassava Meals Prevent Blindness, Childhood Infections, Nigerian Tribune, October 2010
Scientists to Release Vitamin-Enriched Cassava,, October 2010
Using Cassava to Address Vitamin A Deficiency, Science Direct, October 2010

Other News

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


Life of Vitamin A Cassava

Partner CGIAR Centers: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and IITA) Crop Leaders: Hernán Ceballos (CIAT) (, Alfred Dixon and Peter Kulakow (IITA) (