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Vitamin A deficiency is widespread and has severe consequences for young children in the developing world. Food-based approaches may be an appropriate and sustainable complement to supplementation programs. Orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) is rich in beta-carotene and is well accepted by young children. In an extremely resource poor area in Mozambique,… (More)
Acknowledgments: The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development through the Food Security III Cooperative Agreement, the Calvin College Seminars in Christian Scholarship Program, and the valuable comments of two anonymous referees.
BACKGROUND Orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) is a promising biofortified crop for sub-Saharan Africa because it has high levels of provitamin A carotenoids, the formed vitamin A is bioavailable, and white-fleshed sweet potato is already widely grown. OBJECTIVES To examine whether farmers will adopt varieties with a distinct visible trait, young children… (More)
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The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) was established in 1975 to identify and analyze national and international strategies and policies for meeting the food needs of the developing world on a sustainable basis, with particular emphasis on low-income countries and on the poorer groups in those countries. IFPRI is a member of the CGIAR… (More)
Please do not cite without permission from the Authors as there may be a more recent version Paper presented at " Dialogue on Promoting Agricultural Growth in Mozambique " 21 July 2011 Hotel VIP, Maputo
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Undertaking this study was the fulfillment of a long-time desire to follow-up on work initiated in Western Kenya in the mid-1990s using orange-fleshed sweetpotato as an entry point for addressing vitamin A deficiency in rural sub-Saharan Africa. First and foremost, I would like to thank Venkatesh Mannar, the president of the Micronutrient… (More)
In this flash, we use household survey data from small-and medium-holders in 2008 and 2011 to investigate how and to what extent farm households in selected districts of Central and Northern Mozambique have responded to the sharp increase in domestic food crop prices since 2007. We find that smallholders in most of our sampled areas have responded to this… (More)
The Directorate of Economics of the Mozambican Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Michigan State University produces several publication series concerning socio-economics applied research, food security and nutrition. Publications under the Research Summary series (Flash) are short (3-4 pages), carefully focused reports designated to provide… (More)