Agri-Food Value Chain Interventions: A Case Study on Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato as Food Fortification Initiative in Bangladesh
By Dr. Siarjul Islam, AFSP, BRAC
Vitamin A deficiency is a major problem in Bangladesh. More importantly, subclinical vitamin A deficiency among pre-school aged children was classified as a public health problem in rural Bangladesh. High levels of vitamin A deficiency are associated with increased risk of mortality in children.
The focus of LANSA research is on how agri-food value chains that deliver food to households beyond the farm-gate (and hence through markets) can be improved so that substantive and sustained consumption of nutrient-dense foods by the poor in households that are post-farm-gate is achieved.