Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava worldwide and in some areas adults consume 950 g of cassava (raw fresh weight) per day on average. In comparison to East Africa, preparation methods of cassava based foods are different, which might affect the content and bioavailability of its pro-vitamin A.
Therefore, we conducted a second randomized controlled trial (following CASSAVITA I, conducted in Kenya previously) to study the efficacy of yellow cassava, this time among preschool children in Nigeria. Preschool children are more vulnerable to vitamin A deficiency than older children and therefore form an important target group for this strategy.
Daily consumption of pro-vitamin A biofortified (yellow) cassava improves serum retinol concentrations in preschool children in Nigeria : A randomized controlled trialAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition 113 (2021)1. - ISSN 0002-9165 - p. 221 - 231.
The Contribution of Pro-Vitamin A Biofortified Cassava to Vitamin A Intake in Nigerian Pre-school ChildrenThe British journal of nutrition 126 (2021)9. - ISSN 0007-1145 - p. 1364 - 1372.
Assessment of small-intestine permeability in healthy Nigerian children is altered by urinary volume and voiding statusPLoS ONE 16 (2021)9 September. - ISSN 1932-6203