Developing and delivering biofortified crops in Uganda. ( DDBC ) - Kibaale district
Hoima Caritas Development Organization (HOCADEO) is implementing a project in partnership with Harvest Plus on developing and delivering biofortified crops in Uganda. The Project is funded by USAID. This is a five year project whose goal is:"To contribute to the reduction in micronutrient malnutrition and improve dietary intakes of vitamin A and Iron for 225,000 households in 13 selected districts of Uganda by 2016."
To contribute to the overall project goal, HOCADEO will reach out to 15,000 (5,000 as direct and 10,000 indirect) beneficiaries by 2016.
Areas of implemetation
Nalweyo, Kisiita and Mpasaana sub counties in Kibale distric.
One of the components of micronutrient malnutrition in Uganda is lack of Vitamin A. Its deficiency particularly in children leads to increased risks of respiratory diseases, diarrhea, measles and malaria, which results into impaired growth, vision and immune functioning. According to the UDHS 2006, 20% of the children of under five years have Vitamin A deficiency (VAD).
The Government of Uganda made efforts to reduce the problem through giving oral Vitamin A supplements to in-school children and mothers during antenatal medical visits. But the question remains, how about the children who are not taken to school, men, youths and women who don’t go to hospitals. Don’t they need Vitamin A?
Another main component of micronutrient malnutrition is Iron deficiency anemia. Prevalence of anemia among under five years of age is estimated at 49% (UBOS 2011). These approaches are obviously reaching a small percentage of population, and food-based interventions, such as the use of micro-nutrient dense staples, would be able to complement these efforts by the Government of Uganda.
The Developing and Delivering Biofortified Crops (DDBC) project is a five year project aimed at reducing micronutrient malnutrition and improving dietary intakes of Vitamin A and Iron through increased production and consumption of Orange sweet potatoes OSPs) and high-iron beans (HIBs).
Seed Systems and agronomy:
Farmers are provided with Orange Sweet Potato (OSP) Vines of 4 Varieties; Kabodde, Vita, Kakamega and Ejjumula, and High Iron Bean (HIB) seeds a variety called Roba In addition, farmers are given practical trainings in agronomy of the two crops.
Marketing and Product development:
Farmers are trained in the basics of marketing, which include: Market research techniques, market data collection, product handling and branding.
HarvestPlus trains HOCADEO implementing staff, the staff train Community Resource Persons, who with backstopping from field extension workers train the farmers.
In order to be able to cover 15000 famers in five years, the project uses a Pay back strategy. The 5000 direct beneficiaries return seed in ratio 1:2 (1 direct farmer gives planting materials to 2 indirect farmers).