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Universal Industries

Partnership period: February 2015 – August 2018

Countries: Malawi

ACHIEVEMENTS: A total of 8,653 smallholder farmers sold 8,000 tons of orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) to Universal Industries, which developed six OFSP products in its plant, commercialized at least four of these products, and generated revenue of $77,500.

PURPOSE: Develop a commercial market for OFSP food products to provide farmers with a new source of income and increase vitamin A consumption in rural and urban areas.

APPROACH: Universal Industries worked with the International Potato Center (CIP) during the program partnership to provide training on OFSP production, including growing improved vines and sales opportunities for smallholder farmers. Universal Industries developed products with OFSP puree or flour, ran an OFSP processing plant, and commercialized OFSP-based products.