Agri-Impact Consult was contracted as lead implementers to a project christened
Development and Promotion of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) in two target regions(Brong Ahafo and Volta) in Ghana. The goal for the development and promotion of OFSPwas to establish a structured sweet potato seed system, driven by emerging markets for OFSP roots and their derived processed products.
The Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato is renowned to contain important nutritive elements, most especially vitamin A, which is essential in the growth, development and reduction to infantmortality. By reason of its potential contribution to food security and nutrition, most research and extension programs have incorporated OFSP into their varietal development and dissemination programs.
The key objective for the project was aimed at increasing access to quality planting materials of OFSP and establishing a structured value chain in target regions.
This project intervention largely sought to contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as ending poverty in all its forms
everywhere, ending hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainableagriculture, achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls and promoting sustained,inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full productive employment and decent work for all.
Other specific objectives of the project included;
Improving the structure and coordination of OFSP seed system.
Improving the sweet potato fresh root value chain and develop awareness and demand for diversifiedutilisation products.
Increase in the awareness of the nutritional benefits of OFSP.
To strengthen capacity for sweet potato value chain development and implementation in the Volta region for later upscale countrywide.
Agri-Impact Consult championed this project in partnership with CSIR-Crop Research Institute (CRI), two Decentralised Vine Multipliers (DVMs), Ohumpong Investments Limited and Benzine Farms and Modern Africa Productions (MAP).
The project was implemented over a 14-month period beginning from February, 2017 and ending in March, 2018. Funding was provided through the Scaling Seed and Technologies Partnership (SSTP)of Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).