So far, nine vitamin A biofortified varieties of cassava, eleven varieties of vitamin A maize, and three varieties of vitamin A orange sweet potato have been released. Several other crops are in development, with iron-zinc sorghum and iron pearl millet in advanced stages.
At the end of 2020, 1.76 million smallholder farming families were growing vitamin A cassava and 756,000 were growing vitamin A maize. Through innovative programs such as the annual Nutritious Food Fair and the Smart Mother Platform.
HarvestPlus Nigeria also engages stakeholders in seed and food value chains, and sensitizes farming families on the importance of nutritious diets and empowers them to grow biofortified crops.
The Nigerian government is committed to improving the health of its citizens, therefore we encourage the consumption of biofortified foods.” Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture and Productivity (2019-2023) 9th National Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Biofortified Crops in Nigeria*
*Includes varieties shown to meet HarvestPlus standards. Other varieties may be available in the country.
Varieties Released Database
This searchable database provides information on all biofortified crops variety releases by country.
Areas of Expertise
- Crop Development
- Seed Multiplication
- Seed and Grain Distribution
- Consumer Engagement
- Market Development
We breed, test and release biofortified varieties of cassava and maize in partnership with IITA, the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI-Umudike), the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR-Zaria), and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). We are in advanced development stages for biofortified varieties of sorghum and pearl millet with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and banana with IITA.
HarvestPlus works with over 50 public and private sector partners to multiply and deliver these varieties to farmers using sustainable value chain platforms.
Seed and Grain Distribution
Our network of extension agents, aggregators, and rural facilitators receive periodic training on best agronomic and cost-saving practices to achieve maximum yield. They pass along this knowledge to farmers at the household level.
We create public awareness campaigns and leverage the power of media and advocacy platforms (including Nollywood) to increase consumers’ knowledge of biofortified foods and their benefits.
We create and strengthen consumer demand by supporting commercial processing of vitamin A cassava and maize into popularly consumed products such as gari, fufu, tuwo, and custard that are marketed nationwide. Innovative strategies to promote adoption and consumption include model one-stop shops and an online market (Agroshop) where consumers can buy vitamin A cassava stems, tubers, and ready-to-eat products such as pies, cakes, and fufu.
Vitamin A Maize and Vitamin A Cassava in Nigeria
The Commercialisation of Biofortified Crops Programme produced this guide to facilitate trade in vitamin A cassava and maize products in Nigeria, by helping food producers and sellers to accurately label and promote them.Learn More
Biofortification news in Nigeria
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An overview of HarvestPlus activity in Nigeria.Learn More