More than 95% of the world’s sweet potato crop is grown in developing countries, where it is the fifth most important food crop. African farmers produce about 7 million tons of sweet potato annually, mostly for human consumption.
Children with vitamin A deficiency are at increased risk of severe morbidity from common childhood infections such as diarrheal diseases and measles, and in cases of extreme deficiency, can go blind.
Orange sweet potato is an extremely rich source of beta-carotene, an naturally occurring pigment that the body converts into vitamin A. Eating orange sweet potato has been shown to improve vitamin A status of children.
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In the Media
This orange food is fighting malnutrition , One Campaign, August 17, 2015
Orange Sweet Potato and the Phoenix of Aboke , The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, August 4, 2015
Super Foods: The Real Story, Channel 4, July 6, 2015
Sweet Potato Boosts Health in Young Children, VOA, July 1, 2015
Orange sweet potato can curb diarrhoea in children, The East African, June 27, 2015
Sweet potato variety promoted to fight vitamin A deficiency, NTV Uganda, February 13, 2015
‘Super potato’ could save millions from blindness, London Evening Standard, June 2013
Feeding Isaac: how a mother’s love and her (orange) sweet potato harvest may have saved a community, Pulitzer Center, May 2013
Saving Lives in Africa with the Humble Sweet Potato, National Public Radio, August 2012
Sustainability of Impact: Biofortification in Uganda
Orange Sweet Potatoes Not Just for Africa
Orange Sweet Potato Faces a Bright Future in Africa
Drying Sweet Potato in the Sun
Orange Sweet Potato—Improving Lives in Africa
Which is More Nutritious, Boiled or Steamed Sweet Potato?
Partner CGIAR Centers: International Potato Center (CIP) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Crop Leader: Wolfgang Gruneberg, W.Gruneberg@cgiar.org