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Provitamin A Carotenoid Retention in Orange Sweet Potato A Review of the Literature

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Orange sweet potato (OSP) rich in provitamin A (PVA) is part of an international biofortification effort by HarvestPlus, the International Potato Center (CIP), and others to reduce vitamin A and other micronutrient deficiencies through staple food crops with enhanced micronutrient content. Sweet potato constitutes the 8th most important food crop in the world with > 107 million MT produced per annum. Consumption is high across a wide range of eastern and central Africa’s agro-ecological regions, from 116 kg/capita/year in Burundi to 16 kg/capita/year in Kenya. 1 It has been suggested by CIP that production (and by extension consumption) may be underestimated due to the challenges of tracking multiple annual harvests on small non-contiguous plots with little yield destined for international markets. Because of its nutrient content and many excellent agronomical characteristics such as high productivity, drought resistance and ability to grow in marginal soils, the importance of OSP as a food-security staple should continue to increase.

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Year 2009
Authors Alexander Miloff
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/VWEI6065
DOI Number 10.52439/VWEI6065
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