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10 days Training of Trainers (ToT) Course Announcement on “Everything you ever wanted to know about sweetpotato”

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), in partnership with Sugarcane Research Institute (SRI-Kibaha) and the Building Nutritious Food Baskets (BNFB) project are conducting a Training of Trainers ...
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COLLECTING AND HARMONIZING DATA AS AWAY OF IMPROVING PLANNING

 [caption id="attachment_12102" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] CIP meeting with partners (Photo: Caroline Namara)[/caption]Collection and harmonization of data entails gathering and measuri...
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Feeding Africa

Feeding Africa
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WHY I LOVE ORANGE FLESHED SWEETPOTATOES AND I KNOW YOU WILL TOO!

Interesting Facts about sweetpotatoes![caption id="attachment_12146" align="alignleft" width="300"] Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato roots rich in vitamin A[/caption]Did you know, for example, that sweet...
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Scaling up Biofortified Crops through a “Food Basket” Approach for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa

Biofortification is one of the sustainable and cost-effective ways of addressing micronutrient malnutrition. Biofortification efforts are gaining global recognition and impacting on millions of peo...
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Nutrition, agriculture and innovation: The road ahead

Nutrition, agriculture and innovation: The road aheadMany organizations and individuals are responsible for taking the idea of biofortification and turning it into reality - an innovative, transfor...
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Can a new sweet potato help tackle child malnutrition?

Can a new sweet potato help tackle child malnutrition? - BBC News
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Annonce cours 2017 sur Tout ce Que Vous Avez Toujours Voulu Savoir a Propos de la Patate Douce

Le Centre International de la Pomme de Terre (CIP) et le projet "Promotion de la Patate Douce à Chair Orange en Afrique de l'Ouest à Travers des Marchés Diversifiés mis en Œuvre au Burkina Faso par...
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Time Magazine: Sweetpotatoes That Could Save Lives

Orange-fleshed sweetpotato, hailed as the sweetpotato variety that could save lives made it to the Time Magazine's 25 Best Inventions of 2016 list.The 25 Best Inventions of 2016
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Sida: Research on sweetpotato rewarded with prestigious award

Sida speak about the 2016 World Food Prize win and the work that Dr. Robert Mwanga has been doing with orange-fleshed sweetpotato in Uganda.Sidastödd forskning om sötpotatis belönas
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Samuel Abasiba: Agent of Change

Samuel Abasiba is an agent of change of the Trainer-of-Trainers: Everything-you-need-to-know-about-sweetpotato course held in Ghana. He works with World Vision International in Ghana. He has, throu...
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Amidatu Adam: Agent of Change

Amidatu Adam works with the Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Ghana. She was part of the Trainer of Trainers: Everything-you-need-to-know-abou...
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14th SpeedBreeders and genomics annual meeting takes place in Uganda

Sweetpotato Breeders from 12 African countries will meet in Colline Hotel, Mukono, Uganda between June 2-5 2015 for the this 14th Annual Sweetpotato Breeders’ Meeting.
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Great Potential in Agribusiness for the Youth

By Aime Ndayisenga & Immaculate Akello  "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." says Ralph Waldo Emerson. It takes more than just tim...
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The 16th Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders and Genomics Community of Practice meeting opens in Kigali

15 May 2017 - Kigali: The 16th Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders and Genomics Community of Practice (CoP) meeting has opened in Grand Legacy Hotel in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. The theme of the meeting is “I...
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2016 The Most Wonderful Year for Sweetpotato

Dear members of the Sweetpotato Community of Practice,   2016 certainly has been a landmark year for biofortification and orange-fleshed sweetpotato. It is a time for all of us to celebrate ...
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2016 World Food Prize laureate Robert Mwanga talks about his passion for sweetpotato breeding

Robert Mwanga is one of four 2016 World Food Prize laureates. To counter the devastating effects of Vitamin A deficiency, which contribute to high rates of blindness, diarrhea, immune system disord...
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Major initiative: 52 ways to love sweet potatoes

The 52 Ways to Love Sweet Potatoes initiative’s goal is to educate consumers about the versatility of sweet potatoes and expand their usage repertoire to include more quickly prepared, easy and fam...
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Digital Thinking in Agriculture series is launched

A special edition anthology, published in partnership with Foreign Affairs, brings together the views of twenty leading thinkers on all aspects of food systems, smallholder farming, and the transfo...
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One on One with Dr. Hans Adu Dapaah, outgoing interim chairman of the SPHI Steering Committee

"The fact that I am no longer the chair does not mean that I have washed my hands off SPHI. Whatever role I can play at the national level, I will do it. I will not relent to speak about it at any ...
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A Ugandan farmer discusses his experience using sweetpotato as cattle feed

When Mathias Sserunkuma Salongo heard that sweetpotato breeders were holding a meeting with local livestock farmers at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge, he drop...
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Access to nutritional value and behavioral change through farmer groups sessions

By Caroline Namara & Rachael Cox. On Tuesday 31st January 2017, in Burera district, Gashaki sector, Mbwe village; over 250 Feed the Future beneficiaries gathered at the launching of househ...
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Achieving Food, Nutrition Security

Invest In Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato By Samuel Hinneh The promotion of the production and consumption of orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) in Ghana is regarded as one of the key strategies to red...
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African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) publishes Special Issue devoted to biofortification

The African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) has published a Special Issue devoted to Biofortification. The Special Issue is a culmination of an idea mooted by Dr Ho...
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African Traditional Foods and nutrition: making consumption of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes a big deal.

In this interviews edition, we caught up with Dr. Francis Kweku Amagloh, a researcher from the University for Development Studies in Ghana who shared with us about his work on sweet potatoes and ch...
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Agnes Dzigbordi Aku Nyamalor: Agent of Change

Agnes Dzigbordi Aku Nyamalor, an agent of change of the Trainer-of-Trainers: Everything-you-need-to-know-about-sweetpotato course held in Ghana, took part in a one-day exhibition of sweetpotato pro...
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Agriculture Ministry set to Review Root and Tuber Policy

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Annans visit Jumpstart project in Ghana

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Annan held meetings, January 9 -11, with key stakeholders involved in the Jumpstarting Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) project ongoing in ...
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Armyworm: New sweetpotato pest invades Rwanda

Like any other crop, sweetpotato is susceptible to attacks by pests and diseases due to various factors including the agroecological and climate conditions. Rwandan farmers, particularly maize and ...
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ASHENDA CULTURE AND OFSP PROMOTION IN TIGRAY

Ashenda: The day when Tigranya women show the true colors of their beauty The air in this Mekele City is filled with Ashenda songs. Everybody has been waiting for this. They know today they en...
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B-Bovid champions Kofi Annan sweet potato initiative in W/Region

 B-Bovid champions Kofi Annan sweet potato initiative in W/Region
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Bakers from Naivas Supermarkets trained on how to use orange-fleshed sweetpotato puree in bakery applications

[caption id="attachment_116543" align="aligncenter" width="782"] Bakers' training held at Naivas Supermarket in Kitengela (Photo: Christine Bukania/CIP-SSA[/caption] On 29-30 April 2017, 24 bakers...
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Bakery training using orange-fleshed sweetpotato takes place in Nairobi

On 30-31 March 2017, Euro Ingredients Ltd in collaboration with the International Potato Center (CIP) held a training to demonstrate to bakers how to use orange-fleshed sweetpotato for bakery produ...
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Behind Your Holiday Sweet Potato Dish, Hard Work In The Fields

There's an oil painting on one wall in the cluttered room that serves as central headquarters of Burch Farms, a large vegetable grower in Faison, N.C.
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Better lives with sweet potatoes

Farming In Summary A nutritious sweet potato variety is growing in popularity and becoming an important strategy to improve vitamin A deficiency across Uganda.
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Better planting material for Kabondo’s sweetpotato farmers

Sweetpotato farmers in Kabondo, located in Homa Bay County, Western Kenya, produce over 60% of the sweetpotatoes consumed in the country.
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Biofortification Pioneers Win 2016 World Food Prize For Fight Against Malnutrition

Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2016) Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low and Howarth Bouis were announced today as the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates during a ceremony at the U.S. State Departm...
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Brave men contribute to the solutions of their community needs.

By Aime Ndayisenga and Rachael Cox Over the last 10 years, the government of Rwanda through the Ministry of health (MOH) has made remarkable gains in maternal and child health. The maternal mo...
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Breed sweet potatoes with maximum benefits

The taste of a particular food is relevant to how much and how often we eat it.
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Call for good and promising practices on the use of ICTs for Agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the e-Agriculture Community of Practice (COP) are launching ...
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Capacity building in the Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Community of Practice: What Participants have to say

Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Community of Practice (MLE CoP) started in 2015, with 16 members, drawn from five different organizations. Since then, the membership has grown to 35. The CoP me...
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Chuo Kikuu kupigia chapuo ulaji viazi vitamu

MKUU wa Idara ya Uchumi Kilimo katika Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo (Sua), Profesa Bendantunguka Tiisekwa, amesema chuo hicho kwa kushirikiana na Kituo cha Utafiti wa Viazi cha Kimataifa (CIP),...
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CIP makes a presentation of sweetpotato value chain to high level BMZ Delegation at ILRI Campus in Nairobi

On 16 November 2015, a visit by a high level delegation from BMZ, visited ILRI, where Tawanda Muzhingi presented the progress that the International Potato Center (CIP) is doing to address bottlene...
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CIP Participates at the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2016)

 'Seize the moment! Securing Africa's rise through agricultural transformation' was the theme and campaign for this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF2016).  The event brought togethe...
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CIP Partners with NC State, Others in Gates Foundation-Funded effort to accelerate improvement of OFSP

CIP participated in the development of the project entitled Genomic Tools for Sweetpotato Improvement (GT4SP).
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CIP scientist wins best poster award at the Agricultural Biosciences International Conference (ABIC) 2014

CIP scientist wins best poster award at the Agricultural Biosciences International Conference (ABIC) 2014
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CIP takes the orange revolution to the 2015 Borlaug Dialogue

Bio-fortified Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) features in this year's 2015 Borlaug Dialogue.
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CIP WELCOMES RACHAEL COX AS THE PROJECT MANAGER.

[caption id="attachment_13179" align="aligncenter" width="676"] The Feed the Future OFSP project manager (Photo Aime Ndayisenga/CIP)[/caption]Rachael comes to Rwanda after working in Latin America ...
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International Potato Center wins the Al-Sumait Award 2016

[caption id="attachment_13937" align="alignright" width="338"] CIP staff review the OFSP roots and vines on display at an exhibition Credit: S. Quinn[/caption]On Monday October 17th 2016, The Kuwai...
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CIP’s Director General’s first visit to Rwanda for the SPHI meeting and Field Trip

In October 2015, Dr. Barbara H. Wells, the Director General of International Potato Center (CIP) traveled to Rwanda to participate in the 6th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SP...
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We have come together to farm and to try to improve our lives

High yielding. Pest resistant. Sweet. Starchy. Just a few of the preferences that farmers in Malawi have about orange fleshed sweetpotato.
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Commercializing quality planting material: A Case of Sweetpotato in Eastern and Western Africa

Sweetpotato is a major food crop in eastern and southern Africa. However, smallholders have not been able to achieve its potential yield due to lack of access to and use of quality seed. The majori...
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Commitment to Mainstreaming Beta-Carotene (pro-Vitamin A) into National Program Breeding Efforts

At the recent 15th Annual Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders  Meeting, held in Nairobi 6-10 June 2016, discussions were held concerning which of the released varieties to date were being adopted most widely...
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Crispus Mbaluto talks of his experience working on the Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal

Crispus Mbaluto is currently a PhD student at the University of Leipzig and University of Jena (FSU), Germany. For the last two months, he has contributed tremendously towards the relaunch of the S...
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My daughter returned to school because of sweetpotato

If you met Clementine Uwanyirigira, you would easily believe she has a white collar job in a top-tier company. Uwanyirigira’s orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) production is the white-collar job, ...
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Decentralized Vine Multipliers ensure the flow of healthy sweetpotato planting material to farmers in Mozambique’s Niassa Province

Septembers in Niassa are dry. Warm winds blowing over the Northern Mozambican province send billowing clouds of dust across the land. It is hard to imagine that anything could grow here. Yet the pa...
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THE DFID FIELD VISIT TO SUSTAIN BENEFICIARIES IN RULINDO AND GAKENKE DISTRICT OF RWANDA ON 25th MAY 2017

THE FARMER SWEETPOTATO ROADSIDE MARKET [caption id="attachment_119695" align="aligncenter" width="618"] Farmers selling sweetpotato at the Road side market (Photo by Kirimi Sindi/CIP-SSA)...
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Dr. Dorcus Gemenet appointed Research Scientist on Molecular Breeding and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Potato and Sweetpotato

Dr. Dorcus Gemenet has been appointed the Research Scientist on Molecular breeding and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Potato and Sweetpotato for the International Potato Center (CIP) and will be based...
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Early Generation Seed Production – Can public sector institutions and NARIs shift to a business orientation?

During this year’s annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative meeting in Ethiopia, we held a panel discussion with senior managers of institutions engaged in sweetpotato pre-basic seed pro...
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Efforts to promote growing of vitamin A rich sweet potatoes pays off

A project to leverage the untapped potential of sweet potato to improve the incomes and nutrition of farming families in sub-Saharan Africa, has surpassed the ten-year target it set itself in just ...
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Electrifying success in raising antioxidant levels in sweet potatoes

Their report on the first electrical enhancement of sweet potatoes, a dietary staple since prehistoric times, was part of the 244 th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, ...
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What end users want: Sweetpotato speed breeders simulate varietal assessment and selection

On June 4, 2015, over 40 members of the Speed Breeders Community of Practice, who were holding their 14th Annual Meeting in Mukono, Uganda, visited the National Crop Resources Research Institute (N...
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Taking sweet potatoes beyond the thanksgiving feast

Researchers at N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), Kannapolis, NC, recently published results of their work evaluating the phytochemical content of sweet potatoes. The...
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Learning about Data and Knowledge Management at CIP: My experience

[caption id="attachment_10996" align="alignright" width="450"] Eric Muthuri working on the sweetpotato knowledge portal[/caption]Eric Mwenda Muthuri is a fourth year Computer Science student at Moi...
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Everything you ever wanted to know about sweetpotato TOT course held in Burkina Faso

The second edition of the Training of Trainers’ (TOT) course titled “Everything you ever wanted to know about sweetpotato” was held from 19 to 28 January 2017 in Pacific Hotel, Bobo Dioulasso, Burk...
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Farm Radio International launches orange-fleshed sweet potato in Ghana

Inside the News by Mpakoo - All pieces appearing in this column are satire
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Farmers are the stepping-stone to increased health and wealth

As well as its nutritional benefits, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are also incredibly versatile.
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Farmers encouraged to explore economic potential of sweet potato

Farmers encouraged to explore economic potential of sweet potato Farmers and other stakeholders are being encouraged to explore the business potential of sweet potato along its value chain. Besi...
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Finding the sweet spot of Africa’s agriculture

[caption id="attachment_13136" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] CIP's Maria Andrade in a sweetpotato field in Mozambique[/caption]Africa is a continent where, at least outwardly, we like to celebr...
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Fortified against blindness

Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children.
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Geita farmers take on more marketable Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potatoes after training

Geita District Council has said it will carry out a district-wide training programme for small scale farmers and members of the local community on how to produce Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potatoes (OFSP...
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Gender sensitive sweetpotato production matters to be discussed at the 2016 APA Conference

 Temesgen Bocher works at the International Potato Center. At the 2016 African Potato Association Triennial Conference, he will make an oral presentation on targeting the marginalized, especially w...
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Ghana to benefit from malnutrition reduction programme

Ghana to benefit from malnutrition reduction programme
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Guidelines for Integrating Nutrition into Agriculture Enterprise Mixes in Uganda

The Ugandan government's Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has published a book titled "Guidelines for Integrating Nutrition into Agriculture Enterprise Mixes in Uganda...
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Harateganywa guteza imbere ibijumba bifite vitamini A mu kuboneza imirire

Ibi bijumba bifite ibara ry'umuhondo bikize kuri Vitamine A ikenewe mu ndyo yuzuye ya buri munsi.
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Harmonizing definitions for sweetpotato seed classes: What role for Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation practitioners?

The Sweetpotato Seed Systems and crop management Community of Practice (SSS-CoP) is in the process of coming up with common definitions for sweetpotato seed classes within sub-Saharan Africa. Count...
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HarvestPlus Chief Executive Officer pays courtesy visit to International Potato Center, Nairobi

Nairobi, 31 May 2017 – Beverley (Bev) Postma, the Chief Executive Officer of HarvestPlus, paid a courtesy call to the International Potato Center (CIP) in Nairobi, where she met with senior scienti...
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Honoring Black History and the Month of the Woman

In this posting I´m sharing with you the sucess story of a freed slave who published one of the earliest cookbooks released by an African-American in the US. It happened in 1881.
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Have you heard of the news in town? Orange-fleshed sweetpotato is the new Ibijumba Guma Guma Superstar

 Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is trending, especially since it was recently featured as a picture of the day in one of the local newspapers. Most people are now interested in knowing more abou...
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Prof. Ibok Oduro talks about the excitement of sweetpotato processing

“I’m always very excited to work with sweetpotato because you can look at its nutrient strength and tap into that strength to develop products for all age groups, from the young to the old,” says P...
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IMPROVING ACCESS TO NUTRITIONAL FOODS THROUGH ORANGE-FLESHED SWEETPOTATOES

 Nutritional foods contain different types of nutrients, such as proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins. A balanced diets contains foods with these nutrients. Such balanced diets are necessary ...
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Improving adoption of quality sweetpotato planting material through innovative marketing strategies

[caption id="attachment_13199" align="aligncenter" width="869"] Seed systems CoP members discuss possible marketing strategies - Arusha 2016 (Credit C. Bukania)[/caption]Lack of reliable seed syste...
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Journal article chronicles the spread of orange-fleshed sweetpotato through sub-Saharan Africa

Most often, the process of the development and dissemination of new agricultural technologies is not documented.  Some say, that if a new product is good, it should spread “by itself”.  But the rea...
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In Kenya, so much depends on the orange flesh sweet potato

There is a superstition in western Kenya, in the lush area that borders Lake Victoria.
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Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) improving sweetpotato seed systems

International exchange of germplasm and trade and movement of plants and plant products is crucial in the quest for adequate food production and supply. Since 1996, the Kenya Plant Health Inspector...
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Kigali: Hateranye inama ku gutubura ibijumba bikungahaye kuri Vitamine A

Inama ihuriwemo n'abashakashatsi mu buhinzi yize ku buryo bwo gutubura imigozi (imbuto) y'ibijumba bikungahaye kuri Vitamine A.
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Kwame Ogero awarded Best Poster Prize at the Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security Conference, June 2016

[caption id="attachment_12324" align="alignleft" width="437"] Kwame Ogero (center) with the judges of the poster session[/caption]Kwame Ogero, a Regional Research Associate based in Mwanza, Tanzani...
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Lessons from the African Potato Association (APA) Conference

It was a learning experience; that's the only way to describe the 9th Triennial APA conference.
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Lessons from orange sweetpotato saturation and thought leader experiments for promoting adoption in Uganda

 13 June 2017  – Dr. Dan Gilligan (IFPRI) held a webinar to present a study on lessons from orange sweetpotato saturation and thought leader experiments for promoting adoption in Uganda. The presen...
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Magic mash: reducing child malnutrition with sweet potatoes

Bright orange sweet potato mash with a slab of butter melting slowly on top is a familiar sight on Thanksgiving feast tables across north America.
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"We are making money from OFSP farming. The roots are admired in the village because of their colour, because they are sweet and are rich in vitamins”

I then set up a youth group here. Many of the members are orphans, and all are from the local area. I had the idea to get the youth participating in farming as a way to help them.
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Making profitable venture through selling sweetpotato vines.

By Caroline Namara and Sindi Kirimi Many at times, when farmers are told about the many added values of Orange Fleshed Sweetpotatoes (OFSP), they can hardly believe it comparing to the local v...
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Making profitable venture through selling sweetpotato vines.

By Caroline Namara and Sindi Kirimi Many at times, when farmers are told about the many added values of Orange Fleshed Sweetpotatoes (OFSP), they can hardly believe it comparing to the local v...
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Making sweetpotato leaves-a life changing game: A story of AHEZANAHO Epiphanie

Ahezanaho Epiphanie is a 42-year old mother of six and a farmer living in Terimbere village, North West of Rubavu District. Since she got married in early 1991, Ahezanaho has relied on subsistence ...
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Webinar: Marker-Assisted Breeding as Next-Generation Strategy for Genetic Improvement of sweetpotato in Sub Saharan Africa

This webinar was held on 24th March, 2016 at 4.00 pm EAT. The main speakers were: Prof Craig Yencho – Distinguished Professor and Program Leader Sweetpotato and Potato Breeding and Genetics Program...
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Meet the 2016 World Food Prize Winners!

Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low and Howarth Bouis were on Tuesday 28th June announced as the 2016, World Food Prize Laureates during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department. Maria Andrad...
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Meet the Rwanda's sweetpotato hero woman!

By Aime Ndayisenga and Kirimi Sindi It’s always difficult to try something new! Doubts, fear and the confidence you have gained over long experience with things you are familiar with, are the main ...
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Members of the SPHI participate in the 2016 Integrated Nutrition Conference in Nairobi

[caption id="attachment_14286" align="alignright" width="525"] The SPHI booth at the Sarit Centre Expo hall L. Gachanja)[/caption]Members of the private sector, civil society, research and donor co...
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Monitoring Learning and Evaluation Community of Practice seeks to improve and harmonise data M&E collection and reporting in sweetpotato projects through mobile data management tools

Armed with nothing but umbrellas and their mobile devices, a group of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officers from different countries of the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region disembark from a b...
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Mozambican Head of State, Filipe Nyusi meets VISTA Team at the Posto Agronomico of Nampula

The VISTA project had the privilege to present its work in promoting orange-fleshed sweetpotato to the Mozambican Head of State, Filipe Nyusi during the Posto Agronomico of Nampula on June 8, 2015.
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Nigerian schools adopt sweet potato to boost nutrition

Nigerian schools adopt sweet potato to boost nutritionBy Alex Abutu [ABUJA, NIGERIA] The school feeding programme of Nigeria is using orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) ̶ Mothers delight ̶to help...
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Nyanza group turns sweet potatoes into a thriving business

Magazines Adding value to sweet potatoes is fetching Western Kenya farmers more money. Rising demand for the root and its products is linked to costly inputs for maize farmers, diminishing land siz...
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OFSP in the spotlight at the FARA Africa Agriculture Science Week in Kigali

[caption id="attachment_12263" align="alignleft" width="389"] The SPHI booth at FARA-Kigali (photo: A. Ndayisenga)[/caption] Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) has been hailed as an innovation with ...
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OFSP Make your own cupcake a great hit!

As announced in my previous posting, my OFSP Booth at Maputo Gastronomy Fair, this weekend was well visited.
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Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato for Ghana School Feeding Programme - Pilot Programme Launch

[caption id="attachment_13647" align="aligncenter" width="499"] An OFSP agent explainig the nutritious importance of OFSP to a child[/caption]1:00 pm on Thursday 23rd June 2016 at Tibung primary sc...
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OFSP Promotional day at Bobo iDE BF

National Tv covering OFSP mass event at Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, promotional day, stakeholders invited to network to jumpstart OFSP value chain, market, processing and consumption in Burkina...
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One storm can change everything

[caption id="attachment_13174" align="alignleft" width="300"] One of the prepared fields (Credits: C Namara)[/caption]Everybody knows that agriculture heavily relies on weather and that a single st...
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Online discussion forum on sustainable crop production intensification (SCPI) of horticulture based systems (mainly fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers.)

  How can we produce more with less? With this discussion forum, FAO aims to bring together experts of all levels from scientists who study the potential of sustainable crop production, to the pr...
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Orange-flesh sweet potato the solution to Vitamin A deficiency

A number of African countries have launched campaigns to increase consumption of orange-flesh sweet potatoes in order to combat malnutrition.
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Orange fleshed sweet potato and lessons for a Code Red crop crisis

Orange fleshed sweet potato and lessons for a Code Red crop crisisAccelerated crop breeding is needed to tackle spreading plant disease and drought that threatens many African food staples Being a ...
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Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato Products are Improving Nutrition in Malawi

by FEED THE FUTURE PARTNERING FOR INNOVATION Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato Products are Improving Nutrition in Malawi
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Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potatoes Are Transforming This Malawi Community | FrontLines May/June 2016 | U.S. Agency for International Development

Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potatoes Are Transforming This Malawi Community | FrontLines May/June 2016 | U.S. Agency for International Development
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ORANGE-FLESHED SWEET POTATOES: IMPROVING LIVES IN UGANDA

Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potatoes: Improving Lives in Uganda
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Orange-fleshed sweetpotato in school meals improves nutrition in Nigeria

Orange-fleshed sweetpotato in school meals improves nutrition in NigeriaThe inclusion of Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) in wheat bread and school meals has led to the boost of the nutritional st...
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Orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes growing for food security in Kenya

Contrary to the name, sweet potatoes are not related to irish potatoes as the latter are members of the Solanaceae family, which also includes,tree tomatoes eggplant, tomatoes, capsicum, red pepper...
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Overview of quality control

Provides a draft overview of quality control in sweetpotato seed practices Explains objectives and structure of FAO technical guidelines for Quality Declared Planting Material.
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International Phytosanitary Conference

The 2016 International Phytosanitary Conference was held at the KEPHIS headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya between 12 and 16 September 2016. The week long international conference attracted over 100 del...
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Potato experts from Africa to hold talks over low production

Politics and policy Potato experts from Africa will meet in Nairobi next month to seek ways of increasing production and link producers to international markets.
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Potato and Sweetpotato in Africa: Transforming the Value Chains for Food and Nutrition Security

Potato and sweetpotato are two important crops in the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas portfolio and of rapidly increasing importance in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Q&A with Antonio Magnaghi on innovating OFSP products and equipment

Antonio Magnaghi is the proprietor of Euro Ingredients Limited. He is a gastronomist and food application process technologist who helps develop innovative orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) product...
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Q&A with Kirimi Sindi

Q&A with Kirimi Sindi - International Potato Center
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Report of on-line discussion on: “challenges and solution to scale-up OFSP PUREE FOR BREADMAKING”

SPHI COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE- MARKETING, PROCESSING AND UTILIZATION Presented By:  Ganiyat OLATUNDE Department of Food Science & TechnologyFederal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, O...
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Research center unveils new sweet potato varieties for Africa

Research center unveils new sweet potato varieties in Africa NAIROBI (Xinhua)
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2017 MLE CoP Meeting focuses on harmonizing tools for reporting results

With the recent global recognition of CIP’s work in biofortification through the award of World Food Prize has come questions about the evidence of the success that informed the award. This evidenc...
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Rwanda: Experts call for expansion of sweetpotatoes growing

There is still need for scientific research into sweet potatoe varieties as part of efforts to reduce malnutrition and increase incomes among households.
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Seed Systems Community of Practice (CoP) holds consultation meeting in Kigali

The Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice (CoP) third consultation meeting was held on April 28 – 29 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.The theme of the Rwanda hosts the third Sweetpotato Seed Systems...
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Rwanda integrates research centres to boost agriculture

Rwanda integrates research centres to boost agriculture
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Rwanda is announced as the official host of the 11th Triennial African Potato Association Conference

 On 11 October 2016, the APA Council, led by outgoing president, Dr. Endale Gebre, announced that Rwanda would host the next Triennial African Potato Association Conference. APA members voted ...
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Rwanda: New Sweet Potato Variety Triples Yields in Gakenke

A new variety of potatoes introduced in Gakenke District has increased output from four tonnes to 12 tonnes per hectare as farmers in the area appealed to government to avail more land to them.
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Rwanda rural communities improving nutrition uptake with rich Vitamin A sweetpotatoes

The art of choosing and preparing food varies from one community to another. Most of the food choices that communities make are dependent on the availability of home grown food crops. The food choi...
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Scaling-up utilization of the orange-fleshed sweetpotato: Practitioners discuss how to overcome the obstacles

In spite of the proven positive economic and nutritional attributes of the orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in sub-Saharan Africa, its uptake in industrial scale food production still remains low.
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Scientific Excellence and Innovation in Sweetpotato Award – Best Sweetpotato Scientific Paper – 2017 edition

Through a generous endowment established by Dr. Jan W. Low, every year the best sweetpotato scientific paper published during the year before will receive an award consisting of US$500, which will ...
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Scientists turn to insects in fight against climate change

News In Summary Scientists from the International Potato Centre (CIP), Bioversity International, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute for Tropical Ag...
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Securing retirement through orange-fleshed sweetpotato farming: A living story of Evaste Nyiramugisha

Evaste Nyiramugisha has defied the odds and taken advantage of her terrain to earn a living and provide for her extended family. Nyiramugisha hails from the mountainous region of the Northern Rwan...
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Seed - The starting block for improved food security, nutrition well-being and livelihoods in sub Saharan Africa

In April 2015, 40 sweetpotato specialists travelled from all corners of Africa to Kigali, Rwanda to tackle the issues around farmers’ seed constraints.
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Seminar by Dr Arthur Villordon (LSU): “The Role of Phosphorus and Soil Compaction in Determining Sweetpotato Storage Root Length and Shape”

On 30 January 2017, Dr. Arthur Villordon held a seminar titled  “The Role of Phosphorus and Soil Compaction in Determining Sweetpotato Storage Root Length and Shape." The seminar was held at the In...
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SETSAN helps to spread the sweet that brings health in Mozambique

In September 2016, Mecula and Metarica districts displayed orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) roots at the Niassa Province Nutrition Gala held in Lichinga. During the gala, the governor recommended ...
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Discussion 1/2016 - Should we continue to consider sweet potato as a crop for food security and a mainstream staple or should we focus on it as a nutrition crop?

What really sparked this thought process for me was a study of FAOSTAT data for Uganda, which used to have the greatest production of sweetpotato in Africa. It showed that, over the last 20 yrs (to...
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Showcasing innovative ways to have your Orange-fleshed sweetpotato

The International Potato Center (CIP) hosted a sweetpotato awareness week at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya from 13 – 17 February 2017. The aim...
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Socios para un proyecto FONTAGRO

A todos los invstigadores y extensionistas vinculados a la batata o camote de países dentro de la Red FONTAGRO: Soy Héctor Martí, investigador en camote del INTA de Argentina. Les escribo para invi...
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CSPro Software set to improve the efficiency of household survey research data in Sub-Saharan Africa

NAIROBI, KENYA, May 6, 2015 – A regional training on the Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro), taking place in Nairobi between May 4 and May 14, 2015 is expected to improve the efficiency of...
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Solomon Afuape: “The regional support platform has made me a better sweetpotato breeder”

“I did not find sweetpotato, sweetpotato found me,” says Solomon Afuape, the Head of Sweetpotato Breeding Program at the National Roots Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), located in Umudike, Southea...
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It Sounded Like a Crazy, Impossible Idea: Sweet Potato Spaghetti

Regis Umugiraneza, a recent graduate in Agribusiness from the University of Rwanda, with his love for sweet potatoes and having grown up in an area where it grows locally, was frustrated with how p...
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SPHI and SASHA launch in Namulonge, Uganda

Major launch event of the ten year Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) and the five year Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) project held at the Natural Cro...
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2016 SPHI Photo Contest: Through the Lens of a Camera

Entrants must be associated with a project aligned to the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) A message to all amateur and professional photographers - here’s another chance to tear...
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Stakeholders to explore profitable investment in sweet potato

Stories by David Agba Abuja Between 29 September and 1 October, this year, over 100 global participants will convene in Kigali, Rwanda for the 6th Annual Sweet potato for Profit and Health Initiati...
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Stakeholders to explore profitable investment in sweet potato

Between 29 September and 1 October, this year, over 100 global participants will convene in Kigali, Rwanda for the 6th Annual Sweet potato for Profit and Health Initiative meeting.
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Strengthening Institutional and Community Capabilities to Consume Biofortified Crops

One of the objectives of the Building Nutritious Food Baskets project (BNFB) is to strengthen institutional and community capabilities, to produce and consume bio-fortified crops to reach a critica...
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Support scientists to make sweetpotato serve our health needs

Sweetpotato ranks as the seventh most important food crop in the world. In East Africa, it is the third most important food crop. However, despite the crop being a nutritious major staple crop thr...
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Supporting Government’s “Farmer Promoter” program to scale up Sweetpotato farming experience.

Aime Ndayisenga & Immaculate AkelloTraining farmer promoters isn’t just a knowledge transfer; it is a concrete way of ensuring job creation, hence reducing the rate of unemployment in Rwanda. M...
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SUSTAIN Rwanda Receives Visit from Ambassador Michael Ryan

SUSTAIN Rwanda Receives Visit from Ambassador Michael Ryan - International Potato Center
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Sweet potato factory planned for Homa Bay

A Kenyan investor based in the United States has partnered with the Homa Bay County to construct a sweet potato processing plant.
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Sweet potato farming lessons from Rwanda

To plant the crop, one prepares beds and plants the vines 30cm between plants by 80cm from one row to another. She uses organic farm yard manure to grow the tubers.
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Sweet Potato Lessons: The Case for Homegrown Solutions

International "We have made significant progress," says Dr. Mwanga, who speaks of "unleashing the potential" of the orange sweet potato across the continent. "The number of people consuming it i...
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Sweet potato proves another key crop in sub-Saharan Africa

Sweet potato proves another key crop in sub-Saharan Africa National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK) CEO Wachira Kaguongo said the negative effects of climate change have lead to the increasing impo...
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How sweet potato tastes is important to breeding

Sweet potato breeders have been advised to put the tastes of the consumer first in order to increase its consumption.
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Sweet potato variety may ease third world vitamin A deficiency

Orange fleshed sweet potato is so rich in carotenoids and β-carotenes it could be used to ease vitamin A deficiency amongst malnourished populations in developing countries, a study says.
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Sweetpotato leaves sauce recipe

Ingredients 500g of chopped sweetpotato leaves 200ml of palm oil 400g of fish 2 onions 1/4 of garlic pods 1 flavoring cube Some salt and pepper 3 cups of water Some pounded crawfish Proce...
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Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative

Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative
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Sweetpotato Seed Systems to Improve Nutrition in Northern Ethiopia

Dr. Beyene Demstu is a researcher in biotechnology, based at the Mekele Agricultural Research Institute, Tigray Region, Ethiopia.
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Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders and Genomics CoP visits Rubona Research Station

On the morning of 17 May 2017, two buses departed from Grand Legacy Hotel, the venue of this year’s SpeedBreeders and Genomics Community of Practice (CoP). The 39 participants were on a field trip ...
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A new video teaches farmers how to make and store sweetpotato silage for their dairy animals

9 June 2017, Nairobi – The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has launched an instructional video that teaches dairy farmers how to make sweetpotato vine silage. The video titled ‘Sw...
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SweetPotatoes: A Realistic Answer for Nigeria's Nutrition Crisis

SweetPotatoes: A Realistic Answer for Nigeria's Nutrition Crisis
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Tanzania to tap into healing powers of sweet potatoes

Given viable market information, sweet potato farmers may reduce the post harvest food losses wasted on farm, benefit in trade and other socio-economic endeavours.
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Temeke District launches orange fleshed sweet potatoes project

A national prevalence survey which was done by TFNC in 1998 revealed that 24 percent of children had serum retinol levels below 20 mg/dl, and 69 percent of lactating women had breast milk retinol l...
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The 2013 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership honors Helen Keller International for its worldwide fight against preventable blindness

Claremont McKenna College announces today that Helen Keller International, whose mission is to combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition, has won the ninth annual Henry R. Kr...
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The 6th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative meeting takes place in Kigali, Rwanda

Over 100 participants from 14 sub-Saharan countries, and other guests from Europe, Asia, Northern America, and Latin America participated in the 6th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiat...
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The 7th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative meeting takes place in Ethiopia

The 7th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI took place from 7-8 October 2016 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of this year’s meeting was ‘Celebrating the 2016 World Food Prize...
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THE CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CRI) OF THE COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH (CSIR) GHANA ANNOUNCES AN MPHIL PLANT BREEDING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Board to run post-graduate degree programmes with a more practical orientatio...
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The Delegation of EU Ambassador visits SUSTAIN Rwanda, sweetpotato activities in Rulindo and Gakenke districts

On 30th of November 2015, CIP-Rwanda organized a trip for three guests from the Delegation of European Union to visit the International Potato Center’s (CIP) Scaling up Sweetpotato through Agricult...
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The fourth consultation of the Sweetpotato Seed System Community of Practice (CoP) takes place in Nairobi

[caption id="attachment_10029" align="alignright" width="600"] Seed Systems CoP members pose for a group photograph[/caption]The fourth consultation of the Sweetpotato Seed System Community of Prac...
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The Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Community of Practice holds annual meeting

[caption id="attachment_11813" align="alignright" width="276"] MLE CoP participants pose for a group photograph[/caption]Members of the Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Community of Practice (ML...
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The Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) Project releases new Video of their work

The Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) project (2011-2014) was a unique initiative that was implemented by the International Potato Center (CIP) and Helen Keller International (HKI), in partnership wi...
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The Reaching Agents of Change Training of Trainers (TOT) Courses – Photostory

For three years, hundreds of participants in Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Burkina Faso benefited from an annual Training of Trainers (ToT) course called ‘Everything You Ever Wanted to K...
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The Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal is re-launched

The new-look Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal was launched on 15th February 2016, following about one year of redesign work.The Portal is the global meeting place for all things sweetpotato - where swe...
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The Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice holds third consultation

Sweetpotato seed system practitioners met in Kigali, Rwanda on April 28 – 29, 2015 to share experiences on sustainable production of quality sweetpotato planting material.
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The Thobwa la Zondeni Magic

We have known that sweet potatoes are mostly eaten by boiling the roots. This is however not for Michesi. Not only do they eat roots, leaves and other processed products but strikingly important is...
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First ToT Course on ‘Everything You need to Know about Sweetpotato’ in Ghana

This article was written by the Local Organizing Committee of the ToT Course and posted on their behalf by Damian Laryea The first ever 10-day Training of Trainers course titled ‘Everything you nee...
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Training-of-Trainers Course on Sweet Potato Opens at KNUST

The training-of-trainers course on “Everything You Need to Know about Sweet Potato” organised by the Department of Food Science and Technology of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology ...
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Turning a Bundle of OFSP Vines into Family Gold

By Aime Ndayisenga Mr. Dieudonne Dusabimana, a 51-year-old farmer and head of a household of nine, resides in Cyanzarwe Sector of Rubavu District, not far from the border with the Democratic R...
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Unsweetpotato: Ernest Baafi talks of breeding for less sweetness and high dry matter in Ghana

Ernest Baafi is a Research Scientist at the Crops Research Institute for Council of Scientific and Crop Research in Kumasi, Ghana. He is also a member of the Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders and Genomics ...
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Updates from the Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice (SS CoP) Sixth Consultation

The Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice (SS CoP) Sixth Consultation was held from 6th to 8th December 2016 at Pride Inn in Nairobi, Kenya. The planning and review meeting was attended by...
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Value Chain Approach: What the Malawi Team learned at the SPHI 2015 Annual Meeting

At the ‘I Love Sweetpotato’ exhibition at Hotel Villa Portofino, in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, Johannes Chikarate, who works for Concern Worldwide in Malawi, sits in his stall, patiently waiting for ...
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"Which variety of sweetpotato is best for you?"

High yielding. Pest resistant. Sweet. Starchy. Just a few of the preferences that farmers in Malawi have about orange fleshed sweetpotato.
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Watch the 2016 World Food Prize and follow the news coverage

Four CGIAR scientists, Dr. Howarth Bouis (HarvestPlus), Dr. Jan Low (CIP), Maria Andrade (CIP), and Robert Mwanga (CIP) were awarded the World Food Prize on 13 October 2016 among an international a...
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Western Kenya to mark World Food Day

One of CIP SSA’s sweetpotato projects was a key player in support of recent events held in Western Kenya to mark World Food Day.
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What seed marketing strategies work?

[caption id="attachment_12359" align="alignleft" width="386"] Seed Systems and Crop Management CoP Meeting participants pose for a group photograph[/caption]This question, which is particularly cri...
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Why orange fleshed sweetpotato is the crop to grow in Western Kenya

Why orange fleshed sweetpotato is the crop to grow in Western Kenya
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Workshop at the CSIR-CRI Ghana seeks to improve use of breeding tools

On May 24 to 27, 2016, sweetpotato breeders from CIP, CSIR-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI) and CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute in Ghana participated in a 3 day workshop at CSIR-CRI...
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World Bank vice president Rachel Kyte in Nairobi town hall on ‘big picture agriculture’

On a visit to the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)/CGIAR on 2 Feb 2012, World Bank vice president Rachel Kyte listens to presentations made by CIP's Lydia Wamalwa and ILRI's Sheila Ommeh (photo cr...
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World Food Prize Laureate Maria Andrade talks about her passion for sweetpotato breeding

Dr. Maria Andrade was on Tuesday, 28 June announced as one of the four 2016 World Food Prize Laureates during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department. In this audio slideshow, Andrade shares her pa...
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Youth and gender inclusion theme takes center stage at the Marketing, Processing and Utilization Community of Practice annual meeting

The Marketing, Processing and Utilization Community of Practice held its annual meeting from 14th to 16th March  2016 at the Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Resort, Dar es Salaam. The theme of the meeting...
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Youth group thrives with sweet potato juice, flour

Kakamega, Kenya: A youth group in Matungu, Mumias, is reaping the rewards of an innovative business idea: squeezing juice out of sweet potatoes.
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