Annually, 150 thousand children die of a vitamin A deficiency because a shortage in vitamin A makes them more susceptible to infections. Researchers at Wageningen UR are trying to combat this problem.
White cassava is the main source of nutrition in Africa. The researchers distributed yellow cassava in an impoverished part of Kenya. This cassava species is rich in beta-carotene, a substance that is converted into vitamin A by the human body. After four months, they noted that the children’s vitamin A status had significantly improved, providing evidence that vitamin A deficiencies can be addressed through food. This is how Wageningen UR contributes to improving the quality of life.