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Creating a niche for acceptance of vitamin A cassava in Nigeria: Women as key actors

 

In Nigeria, the world’s largest producer and consumer of cassava, Vitamin A deficiency affects 30 percent of children under the age of 5 (World Health Organization estimates), resulting in reduced immunity, impaired vision, and, in some cases, even blindness and death. Furthermore, these health impairments cost Africa’s largest economy an estimated US $1.5 billion in lost GDP every year (World Bank).