To investigate the outcome of Community Resource Persons (CRPs) on the demand and uptake of bio-fortified crops
World Vision in partnership with Harvest Plus introduced the CRP approach in an area of Northern Uganda with poorly functioning network of agriculture extension workers. CRPs were recruited and trained in improving dietary intakes of vitamin A and Iron through increasing production and consumption of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OSFP) and high iron beans. A project mid-term review was conducted ad focus group discussion was held with CRPs, mothers and district agriculture staff.
75,599 (72%) farming households were reached in four districts, 63.4% (47,968) of them benefited from community owned planting materials and seeds pay back system. The proportion of households reportedly engaged in production of OFSP & high iron rich beans increased to 74.6% in Oyam and Kolo districts and 50% in Lira and Gulu in a community where no bio-fortified crop. The proportion of households reporting they had 4 meals of OSFP and iron rich beans in the past 7 days has increased to 51.8% in Oyam and Kolo districts and to 42.1% in Lira and Gulu. Mothers in focus groups reported that there was improved alertness, rapid growth and better health among children after the introduction of these crops.
Community resource persons enabled farmers in resource limited setting to increase production and uptake of bio-fortified crops to prevent micronutrient deficiency.