The Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal was launched in December 2010, as part of the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) project of the International Potato Center (CIP). One of the components of the project’s monitoring, learning and evaluation was to achieve a vibrant and growing sweetpotato community of practice (CoP), in which knowledge advances are shared through virtual media and meetings, field visits, training and services for key functions of germplasm exchange, virus diagnostics, comprehensive training on sweetpotato. The CoP also allows the sharing and access to nutritional quality data, and dissemination data consistently across countries.
The Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal is user-driven online collaboration and knowledge-sharing platform. It is used for monitoring and management of outputs, datasets and outcomes,. It allows open access to technical and scientific knowledge on sweetpotato. It allows CIP, its partners and other instititions to access and share information on program experiences and lessons, hence creating a feedback loop to the entire sweetpotato sector.
In late 2014, with support from Agriculture Learning and Impacts (ALINe), a technical group called Netmidas was contracted to help redesign the portal.
Design, maintenance, support and capacity building to improve the outcome of the Portal is supported by the International Potato Centre (CIP), through the SASHA project and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.