The Rise of the Sweet Potato (or OFSP as we like to call it)

Less hunger, better health and more wealth... that's the compelling headline that starts this piece on OFSP or "Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato".

It's a crop we at the Tuesday Trust are promoting with our members: why? Well it's no ordinary sweet potato, it's new vitamin A-rich and drought-resistant orange-fleshed sweet potato, featuring varieties that have significant levels of vitamin A. Sweet potato varieties with dark orange flesh have more beta carotene than those with light-colored flesh, and their increased cultivation is being encouraged in Malawi and Africa generally, where vitamin A deficiency is a serious health problem.

Interestingly, Malawians call sweet potato  "potato". In Chichewa, sweet potato is "mbatata". Meanwhile the potato itself, they call "Irish" potato.

We are lucky to have a resource in Putri Ernawati Abidin, (known mostly as just Erna), the project manager for The International Potato Center (CIP), who is charged with training of the trainers, agriculturists and lead farmers.

Read more about the project here and the valuable advantages of OFSP as a crop for Malawian farmers.

This ’Rooting Out Hunger in Malawi’ project is funded by Irish Aid.

 

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