An estimated 70 million people rely on cassava for basic sustenance. Cassava is a hearty crop able to withstand disease, drought and pests. It will also 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) will have a significant positive impact on 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, Next.com, October 2010
Using Cassava to Address Vitamin A Deficiency, Science Direct, October 2010
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