Millions of families in Africa and South Asia are at a lower risk of vitamin A deficiency after a six-year campaign to promote vitamin A loaded orange-fleshed sweet potato, which encouraged them to improve their diet with a special variety of sweet potato designed to tackle the deficiency, according to a report published recently.

The six-year project, launched in 2013, used a double-edged approach of providing farming families with sweet potato cuttings and nutritional education on the benefits of orange-fleshed sweet potato.

The Scaling Up Sweet potato through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) project, led by the International Potato Center (CIP) and more than 20 partners, reached over 2.3 million households with children under five, with planting material.

The project was rolled out in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, and Rwanda as well as Bangladesh and Tanzania, resulting in 1.3 million women and children regularly eating orange-fleshed sweet potato when available.

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