This technical report summarizes a project aimed to improve sweetpotato storage techniques or strategies for fresh and processed products in Tanzania. As improving handling techniques and /or using cultivars with better keeping qualities could extend shelf life. A brief of this project background is that; root and tuber crops contribute significantly to food security, especially for poorer communities. Sweet potato is becoming increasingly important, especially in areas of increasing population and in those where cassava yields are being severely affected by African cassava mosaic virus. However, the potential of sweet potato as a food security crop is limited by the perishability of the fresh root. With the increasing urbanisation of the East African population, the need to store and transport fresh produce into the cities becomes even more important.
HOW TO CITE
Rees, D. (2000). The extension of storage life and improvement of quality in fresh sweet potato through selection of appropriate cultivars and handling conditions. Final Technical Report. Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK 77 pp.