Albert Futukpor, GNA
Tamale, Aug. 26, GNA – The Resiliency in
Northern Ghana (RING) project is to scale up the cultivation and utilisation of
orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) to reach more than 3,000 vulnerable
households in the region.
Mr Philippe LeMay, the Chief of Party of USAID
RING, announced this at a media conference in Tamale.
More than 1.5 million OFSP vines have so far
been nursed and planted this year.
RING, as part of the scale-up strategy, is
collaborating with the University for Development Studies (UDS) and the Peace
Corps to promote the cultivation and consumption of OFSP known in Dagbanli as
“Alaafei Wuljo” in 17 districts in the Region.
RING, funded by the United Stated States
Agency for International Development (USAID), is working in 17 districts,
amongst others, to improve the nutritional status of women and children.
Mr LeMay said promoting the cultivation,
utilisation and consumption of OFSP was an important, timely, and sustainable
intervention to help reduce vitamin A deficiency and anemia amongst especially
women and children in the Region.
He said in 2015, USAID RING in partnership
with UDS, piloted the OFSP initiative amongst women in some households in the
Region where nearly 100,000 “Alaafei Wuljo” vines were distributed to 350 women
More than 20,000 kilogrammes of sweet potatoes
were harvested from six acres of land.
He said USAID RING and UDS trained the women
on OFSP cultivation, harvesting and utilisation for household consumption with
the aim of improving complementary feeding for children six-23 months of age.
He, therefore, appealed to all stakeholders,
communities and households members to join the “Alaafei Wuljo” movement and
improve the nutrition of residents.
A song entitled “Yimiana kati kou,” a Dagbanli
phrase meaning: “Come out, Let’s Farm,” composed by three artists based in
Tamale to promote the cultivation and consumption of OFSP in the region has
been launched and it would be played on radio stations to generate enthusiasm
for the initiative.