New project to increase production and consumption of orange-fleshed sweet potato among smallholder farmers in Benue and Oyo states
To facilitate agricultural solutions to overcome malnutrition, IITA–CGIAR, through funding from Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), is implementing the “Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Staples (SNIPS)” project.
The 4-year project (2022-2026) will contribute to increased production and consumption of orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) among smallholder farmers, thus improving food and nutrition security and livelihoods for women and children, significantly improving diet diversity in Benue and Oyo states. The project also will build strong demand and capacity among stakeholders from the government to the private sector and farmer associations to fully utilize OFSP and vine multiplication for improved nutrition and livelihood in the two selected Nigerian states. Through the case of OFSP, the project will demonstrate how a bio-fortified crop can be profitably produced, marketed, and used in nutrition programming in both states.