HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health in Nigeria by promoting cassava and maize that provides more vitamin A in the diet. We work with over 60 partners drawn from government, business, and civil society.

HarvestPlus supports the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) to breed, test, and release vitamin A cassava developed through our partnership with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Cassava is one of the most widely consumed food staples in Nigeria. 

We work with public and private sector partners to multiply vitamin A cassava stems and distribute to farmers. Our network of extension agents and rural facilitators receive training in best agronomic practices, which they pass along to farmers at the household level.

Creative public awareness campaigns leverage the power of mass media, including of Nollywood, in educating Nigerians on micronutrient deficiencies and the benefits of vitamin A cassava.

We are also creating and strengthening demand by supporting commercial processing of vitamin A cassava into popularly consumed products such as gari and fufu that are marketed nationwide. Innovative strategies to promote adoption and consumption include model one-stop shops where consumers can buy vitamin A cassava stems, tubers, and ready-to-eat products such as pies, cakes, and fufu.

Our advocacy seeks to strengthen national ownership of biofortification through effective integration into national nutrition and agricultural policies.

“Biofortification must be rigorously supported within the broader context of promoting a diversified and healthy food base for improved nutrition.”
— Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank and Former Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development

Country Contacts

Paul Ilona, HarvestPlus Country Manager-Nigeria
c/o IITA
Idi-Ose, PMB 5320, Ibadan
Phone: +234 8034035281 x2591


  • Agriculture Graduates Association of Nigeria (AGAN)
  • AgroShop Akwa Ibom State Agric Dev Programme (AKADEP)
  • Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU)
  • Anambra Agricultural Development Programme (ANADEP)
  • Anambra State Polytechnic
  • Ashoka
  • Association of Vitamin A Cassava Entrepreneurs (AVACE)
  • Benue State Agricultural Development Programme (BNARDA)
  • Bismonco Foods 
  • Building Nutritious Food Basket (BNFB)
  • Cassava Growers Association of Nigeria (CGAN)
  • Cassava Processors Association of Nigeria (CAPAN)
  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • Cato Foods
  • Crowther Foods
  • Dala Foods
  • Dangote Foundation
  • Development Dynamics
  • Dominican Centre for Human Resource Development (DCRD) – Oyo State
  • Door to Door
  • Elizade University – Ondo State
  • Enugu SME Center
  • ENVOY Agricultural Services –  Ondo State
  • Farm Best International
  • FCT Agriculture Secretariat
  • FCT Fadama Development Office
  • Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA) – Ondo State
  • Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD)
  • Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning Commission
  • Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH)
  • Federal Radio Corporation  of Nigeria (FRCN)
  • Forward Africa – Imo State
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN - SBN)
  • Gold Agric Nigeria Green Sahel Agriculture and Rural Development Initiative (GSARDI)
  • Greenspore Seeds
  • Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP)
  • Human Empowerment and Development Project (HEMADEP)
  • Imo State Agricultural Development Programme (IMOADP)
  • Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T), Moor Plantation
  • Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support  Programme (CASP)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Project in the Niger Delta (LIFE-ND)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – Cassava Value Chain Development Project
  • International Potato Center (CIP)
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Jirkur Seeds
  • Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) Ilorin
  • Justice and Peace Commission (JDPC) Uyo
  • Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) Ibadan
  • Justice Development and Peace Movement (JDPC) Oyo
  • Kaduna State Agricultural Development Project
  • Kebbi State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KARDA)
  • Kolping International
  • Maina Seeds
  • Maize Association of Nigeria (MAN)
  • Maize Growers and Processors Association of Nigeria (MAGPAN)
  • Market Development in the Niger Delta Programme (DFLD-MADE)
  • Maslaha Seeds
  • Micmakin Nigeria Limited  (Oyato Foods)
  • National Directorate of  Employment (NDE)
  • National Orientation Agency (NOA) – Regional (North Central)
  • National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike
  • National Television Authority (NTA)
  • Nestle
  • Newage Solutions News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
  • Niji Lukas Nigeria Limited (Niji Foods)
  • Nollywood – FAD Productions
  • Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile
  • Olo Industries Limited (TopLife Foods)
  • Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP)
  • Premier Seed
  • Redeemed Aids Programme Action Committee (RAPAC) – Benue State
  • Rotary
  • Sassakawa Global 2000
  • SeedCo
  • Sen. Adeyemo Women Empowerment Coop (SAWEC)
  • State Radio Broadcasting Corporations
  • Techniseed
  • TechnoServe
  • The Guardian Newspaper
  • The Nations Newspaper
  • ThisDay Newspaper
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites II (MARKETS II)
  • University of Ibadan – Oyo State
  • Value Seed West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP)
  • 4Media Solutions


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