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Next CGIAR-Kampala seminar on Wednesday 4th of December, from 14.00 to 15.00 PM

2013 December 2
by bvancampenhout

Dear All,


We are pleased to invite you to the next CGIAR-Uganda Research-seminar at IITA/IFPRI, Naguru East Road plot 15, Kampala on Wednesday 4th of December, from 14.00 to 15.00 PM


Impact Evaluation of the HarvestPlus Project Developing and Delivering Biofortified Crops in Uganda: Baseline Report


Lucy Billings, research analyst with IFPRI in the Poverty Health and Nutrition Division providing research support to IFPRI projects in East and Southern Africa.


Biofortification is an agricultural-based strategy for addressing micronutrient deficiency at a population level through the introduction of crops bred with a high level of target micronutrients. HarvestPlus is currently implementing a project in Uganda that aims to reach 225,000 farming households with vitamin A-rich orange sweet potatoes and high iron beans over five years. For biofortification to be an effective strategy for reducing micronutrient deficiency on a large scale in Uganda, it will be necessary to achieve a relatively high equilibrium level of adoption in targeted communities as the majority of households gain access to these crops for consumption through cultivation, rather than through markets. The impact evaluation of the HarvestPlus project employs a randomized control design with three treatment arms plus one comparison arm to learn the optimal saturation rate of households in a community with planting material for widespread and sustained adoption of biofortified crops, the effect of social networks on adoption and the impact of a payback scheme on encouraging diffusion of biofortified crops outside of the targeted beneficiary communities.

Please note that the next CGIAR-Uganda Research- seminar will be on Wednesday February 5th 2014, 14.00 PM.

If you are interested to present at a CGIAR-Uganda Research-seminar, please let us know!

CGIAR-Kampala research seminars take place every first wednesday of the month between 2 and 3 pm. They are born out of the desire of a group of researchers to discuss their research in depth to peers, as opposed to presenting summaries and policy recommendations in our daily outreach to policy makers. As such, potential presenters should not shy away from more technical issues that they want comments and feedback on.

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