Orange-fleshed sweetpotato II

Lead Organization:

Helen Keller International, Inc.

Community of Practice:

West Africa

Duration:

11/2009—11/2013

Overview:

The health situation in Burkina Faso is dominated by a high incidence of infectious and parasitic diseases. The nutritional status of the population is characterized by high prevalence of undernutrition and deficiencies of some micronutrients (vitamin A, iron and iodine). In particular vitamin A deficiency is a public health problem that affects mainly children under 5 years, pregnant women and nursing mothers.Coming together in a strategic partnership, HKI, INERA, IRSAT/DTA and LCOPA/University of Ouagadougou are deploying efforts through this project to promote orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) as a source of Vitamin A and carotenoid antioxidants. The project works finding solutions to major constraints to OFSP production in the areas of the agronomy, cropping system, insect pests and diseases management, and tubers conservation. It also looks at adding value to OFSP by the development of processed products and the optimization of the processing to preserve high levels of vitamin A and antioxidant contents of leaves, tubers and processed products. Finally, the project works on developing a social marketing strategy to promote OFSP and its derivatives, particularly for children.

Grant Aims:

Identify the best suited OFSP varieties for different agro-ecological zones of BurkinaDevelop a OFSP insect pests and diseases management systemDevelop systems and methods for restoring fertility of soils under OFSP productionDevelop cuttings and tubers conservation systems and techniquesOptimize antioxidant contents of local OFSP-based dishes for children and pregnant and nursing women