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April 23rd, 2018 / International Potato Center

Micronutrient malnutrition is widespread in Nigeria, particularly vitamin A deficiency, which affects at least 30% of the population. Women of reproductive age, infants and young children mostly are vulnerable to micronutrient malnutrition. Many of them suffer multiple deficiencies of essential micronutrients such as vitamin A, iron and zinc, which can result in an array of health problems and even early death. Nigeria, together with partners such as the Building Nutritious Food Baskets Project (BNFB), is using innovative approaches to tackle this hidden hunger. Gift Buduzhi Oguzor, a community nutritionist, is leading one such effort, championing efforts to scale up nutritious, vitamin A rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in Rivers state. Read more.