Developing and Delivering Biofortified crops in Uganda (DDBC)

In an ongoing collaboration between IFPRI and HarvestPlus, this project assesses a strategy for addressing micronutrient malnutrition in Uganda through the dissemination of two biofortified crops: high-vitamin A orange sweet potato and high-iron beans. Building on past projects Reaching End Users and Sustainability of Impact: Biofortification in Uganda, this new phase entails large-scale distribution of the crops along with nutrition information and marketing campaigns. Funded by USAID’s Feed the Future initiative, this project provides  an opportunity to learn what strategies for dissemination of planting material, trainings, and information campaigns are most cost-effective at encouraging sustainable adoption and diffusion of these crops in Uganda in order to increase local consumption of vitamin A and iron.  This study has the following objectives: (i) help design strategies to encourage broad diffusion of these crops and measure aggregate diffusion of the project, (ii) compare these strategies’ costs and impacts on adoption, diffusion, and nutrient intakes to learn which diffusion strategies are most cost-effective, and (iii) identify the most important constraints to sustained adoption and diffusion of the biofortified crops.