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Strengthening Nutrition, Enhancing Resilience: World Food Programme and International Potato Center Collaborate

In the ongoing battle against hunger and malnutrition, the World Food Program (WFP) and the International Potato Center (CIP) have reinforced their collaboration for another four years through a newly signed memorandum of understanding (MOU). This renewed partnership marks a pivotal shift towards research and innovation aimed at maximizing the nutritional benefits of biofortified and other nourishing crops. Through strategic alliances, such as market partnerships, school feeding initiatives, and social protection programs, WFP and CIP are poised to drive impactful innovations in nutrition for vulnerable populations in Kenya and neighboring countries.
Acknowledging the critical need for stronger cooperation between research and delivery in humanitarian programming and resilience building, WFP and CIP are leveraging their complementary strengths to spearhead nutrition-focused innovations. Building on the success achieved in addressing Vitamin A deficiency with Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP), the collaboration will now extend to incorporate a wider range of biofortified crops and foods. OFSP, recognized as a cornerstone crop for school feeding and social protection programs, holds significant potential in combating malnutrition.
In Kenya, WFP and CIP have committed to ambitious targets, aiming to provide nutritious meals to 10 million children nationwide through partnerships with the government and school feeding alliances. The MOU gains additional momentum with the inclusion of the WFP Farm-to-Market Alliance (FtMA) as a strategic partner. With FtMA's established Farmer Service Center model benefiting 80,000 potato farmers, the alliance aims to tap into local and regional markets to expand the reach of nutritious crop varieties. Joint efforts will focus on addressing the unique challenges faced by the arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya, where agriculture and food security are particularly vulnerable.


Recognizing the importance of preventive nutrition programming, especially in enhancing infant and young child diets, both parties are committed to exploring innovative approaches. OFSP puree has emerged as a promising weaning and infant food, particularly when combined with complementary nutrition education. WFP and CIP are dedicated to exploring new avenues for delivering this product, particularly in resource-poor urban communities where young child diets are inadequate.







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  • Grace Njeri

    5 d

    The approach brings advantages, such as increased biodiversity, improved soil fertility and enhanced ecosystem services.

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    • George Kariuki

      3 w

      This is great news. Love their focus on biofortified crops like #OrangeFleshedSweetPotatoes to tackle Vitamin A deficiency.

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      • Elizabeth Gathigia

        3 w

        Great to see such collaboration working together in order to improve nutrition worldwide

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        • mary Mwihaki

          3 w

          Its powerful to hear that there is an effort being made to improve nutrition world wide will surely help by a very huge percentage

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          • Rashid Kamau

            3 w

            @mary_dosarah Nutrition plays a critical role in human resource development

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          • We Don't Have Time

            3 w

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            • dickson mutai

              3 w

              By combining expertise and resources, this holds great promise for advancing nutrition and resilience in vulnerable communities

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              • Rashid Kamau

                3 w

                @dickson_mutai Sure,this will immensely enhance a steady resilience.

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              • Munene Mugambi

                3 w

                I specifically would like to see the World Food Program and it's local offices do more in regards to solving world hunger. Yes, this is a great step in the right direction but for an organization with as much reach and resources as the WFP, you can't help but feel they could do better. We need to see them in action in vulnerable places, their impact has to be felt. In my humble opinion, they could, should and have to do better.

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                • Jane Wangui

                  3 w

                  Effort to improve nutrition world wide will surely help by a very huge percentage..this is the way

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                  • Munene Mugambi

                    3 w

                    @jane_wangui Malnutrition is a menace and not just in third world countries, a lot of people are suffering from malnutrition even in first world countries and it is imperative to see efforts to solve this problem being at the forefront of the UN's agenda.

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                  • winnie nguru

                    3 w

                    This is a wonderful partnership. I believe so much will come out of it

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                    • Rashid Kamau

                      3 w

                      @winnie_nguru The right nutrition at the right time can save and change lives

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                    • Gorffly mokua

                      3 w

                      It's great to hear that there are efforts being made to enhance resilience & improve nutrition worldwide.👏💚

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                      • Munene Mugambi

                        3 w

                        @gorffly_mokua I would like to add that we literally cannot wait for the results because we actually can't. The repercussions from poor or no diet can be felt far and wide in the world and it will be good when they can make a dent and hopefully a big one in this current problem.

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                      • johnte ndeto

                        3 w

                        This strengthens efforts to enhance resilience and improve nutrition worldwide

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                        • Gorffly mokua

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                          @johnte_ndeto Absolutely right!💯

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