OM (Ranti) Lawal MSc

OM (Ranti) Lawal MSc

Promovendus

Cassava, once tagged the food of the poor, is evolving nutritionally to become a very important crop globally due to its strategic role as the biggest source of calories in ensuring food security. Despite being low in proteins and essential micronutrients such as Vitamin A, cassava is the major staple in sub Saharan Africa. Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is thus a common dietary health problem in these countries. Provitamin A carotenoids (pVACs) biofortified cassava varieties currently being promoted in sub- Saharan Africa to reduce the prevalence of dietary Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), due to its higher concentration of ß-carotene has potential of providing about 25% of daily recommended Vitamin A intake when consumed.

The aim of this research is to establish bioaccessibility of micronutrients in pVACs biofortified cassava & green leafy vegetablesas well as acceptance of the foods.