Vitamin A Deficiency and Training to Farmers: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Mozambique

NOVAFRICA Working Paper Series No. 1305

27 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2014

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Rute Caeiro

New University of Lisbon - Nova School of Business and Economics

Pedro C. Vicente

New University of Lisbon - Nova School of Business and Economics

Date Written: June 1, 2013

Abstract

Vitamin A deficiency is a widespread public health problem in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper analyzes the impact of a food-based intervention to fight vitamin A deficiency using orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP). We conducted a randomized evaluation of OFSP-related training to female farmers in Mozambique, in which the treatment group was taught basic concepts of nutrition, and OFSP-planting and cooking skills. We found encouraging evidence of changes in behavior and attitudes towards OFSP consumption and planting, and considerable increases in nutrition-related knowledge, as well as knowledge on cooking and planting OFSP.

Keywords: Vitamin A, Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato, Mozambique, Randomized Evaluation

JEL Classification: O12, O13, O33, I15

Suggested Citation

Caeiro, Rute and Vicente, Pedro C., Vitamin A Deficiency and Training to Farmers: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Mozambique (June 1, 2013). NOVAFRICA Working Paper Series No. 1305, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2384600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2384600

Rute Caeiro

New University of Lisbon - Nova School of Business and Economics ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisbon, 1099-032
Portugal

Pedro C. Vicente (Contact Author)

New University of Lisbon - Nova School of Business and Economics ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisbon, 1099-032
Portugal

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