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Published on Mar 1, 2012
Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children and increases the risk of disease and death from severe infections. In Ghana, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are one way to increase Vitamin A intake because many farmers already grow other varieties of sweet potatoes.
Research Project: With funding by USAID's Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program, Dr. Eunice Bonsi of Tuskegee University led a team of international researchers working to increase the consumption of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in Ghana by:
-Providing farmers with orange-fleshed varieties and best management practices
-Teaching women entrepreneurs to process the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes into flour, puree and dehydrated chips
-Formulating a weaning food for infants that incorporates vitamin A-rich, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes along with traditional foods
-Baking bread that incorporates sweet potato flour or puree and marketing as more nutritious to the population in Ghana