This picture filled and colorful presentation by Benjamin Kivuva is about the mitigation of negative drought effects of sweetpotato productivity through TOLERANT CULTIVARS in Kenya. sweetpotato is grown in the tropics and subtropics and in Sub-Saharan Africa, it is the 3rd most important root crop and an important root & tuber crop in E. Africa. In Kenya, it is a staple food during the drought and is grown in Agro EZ ranging from 0-2200masl. It is also a source of income for many and used as both food and feed and provides Vitamin A, zinc and iron to consumers. There is ongoing research on how it can be used as a bio-fuel producer.
This presentation also covers the breeding objectives of the sweetpotato, answers the question of ‘why drought’ an the drought screening at KARI with in-depth results.