Universal Industries

Partnership period: February 2015 – July 2018

Countries: Malawi

ACHIEVEMENTS: At least 8,000 smallholder farmers will sell a total of 8,000 metric tons of orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) to Universal Industries, which will develop six OFSP products in its plant, commercialize at least four of these products, and yield revenue of $136,000.

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 is working 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 will develop products with OFSP puree or flour, run an OFSP processing plant, and commercialize OFSP-based products.