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The potential of orange-fleshed sweet potato to prevent vitamin A deficiency in Africa
Explain your idea in details:
Since the economic cost of malnutrition in Tanzania is 650 Billions a year (2.65% of the countries GDP), This chronic vitamin A deficiency affects both women and children in some parts of Tanzania and the population word wide and can not be addressed through supplementation alone, Hence the main objective is to promote the consumption of vitamin A rich foods,such as the orange fleshed-sweet potato flour as it has the potential to positively affect vitamin A status and decrease deficiency, Decrease mortality and morbidity, elimination of malnutrition especially hidden hunger and good health, which is form of malnutrition caused by deficiency in micro nutrients, strengthening eyesight and immune system of children .Activities that will be carried out through the project will include, (1)Institution visitation such as hospitals/clinics/dispensaries and meeting up with pregnant women,(2) people affected by cancer,diabetes,high blood pressure/low blood pressure and emphasize on the use of orange-fleshed sweet potato and its related product, (3)Public presentation by training the villagers and the community as a whole on the benefits of consuming orange fleshed-sweet potatoes, (4) conducting sensitization seminars in the area of more farmers to grow such orange potatoes in order to reach the community in general since such potatoes have all the nutrients required and immunity system strengthening, (5) supplying orange flour in retail foam and as a whole sale price especially in Dodoma region and its districts. Innovative approach in extending orange fleshed-sweet potato will include training community members in vain multiplication, vine dissemination and proper cultivation techniques, project will build local capacity to reproduce and grow vitamin A-rich varieties of OFSP, Additionally mothers will be trained in optimal nutrition practices and will be responsible for reaching pregnant women and mothers with children under two years with counseling on these practices especially related to infant and young children.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
My targets to this kind of business are the pregnancy women, children under five years, lactating mothers, diabetes, old age group of people and the community in general. - By using orange-fleshed sweet potato either fresh potato or being processed, it is possible to improve vitamin A status, increase the bio-availability of different micro-nutrients such as Fe, Zn, Ca and Mg, reduce vitamin A deficiency and hence reduce child mortality rates by 23 to 30%. By doing so, zero-hunger and health related issues will be solved since malnutrition to children is related to hidden hunger, therefore life will be well sustained,Improved health of a children,Vision disorder improved, Mortality rate reduced, increased investment on OFSP, improved advocate for OFSP, nutritional education improved,sweet potato value chain development, clean distribution of OFSP,3 weakened defenses eliminated and improved investment on orange fleshed sweet potato production.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
An extensive and robust vine supply and extension system is crucial for the sustainable introduction of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato. Timely availability of high-quality planting material and conservation of vines for the next season will be guaranteed in order to meet the growing demand from farmers. Although sweet potatoes are less affected by soil and weather conditions than other staple crops, droughts and floods can nonetheless affect harvests. To assure constant vine supply, vine multipliers will have access to water and irrigation equipment so as to maintain supplies of vines during the dry periods.Training workshops on agricultural techniques and post-harvest technologies will improve the vine supply and extension systems through 1) growing large quantities of OFSP vines for dissemination by trained decentralized vine multipliers, 2) distributing vines to project farmers and 3) teaching project farmers in OFSP growing techniques. -Demand creation and promotion, this is through local government initiatives to link maternal health clinics with Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato education, awareness campaigns on radio and in news paper, through the Eat Orange campaign. Project sustainability will include Extensive nutritional education to be provided to beneficiaries so that they know about the nutritional benefits of consuming Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato,By facilitating contract production for local markets, womens organizations,and the production of value-added products (e.g. OFSP flour), create clear incentives for diffusion and adoption,ommunications, a balance of home consumption and sales may provide a more sustainable approach for households by serving as both a food supply and an income source.
I am Zainab Issa, aged 32, born in 1986, social worker from Tanzania-Dodoma and an entrepreneur by professional. Through my experience in community level field, I got to realize social problems facing people most especially in health sector , encompassing children with malnutrition, pregnant women and lactating mothers with lack in vitamin A, therefore introducing orange fleshed sweet potato to this group is help them gain vitamin A . I got Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO) award this year in May in training services to strengthen competitive ability of small-scale industries. My passion aim is to come up with strategies in providing good health and well-being of children, pregnant women and the community at large through engaging in Agriculture-nutrition production..