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The Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA)

Project Complete

The potential of sweetpotato has remained largely untapped in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly compared to grains and cash crops, and even compared to other root crops, such as cassava. Increased investment could significantly boost yields, increase market potential, and reverse sweetpotato’s image as a poor person’s food.

Improved quality and range of available varieties, Breeding weevil-resistant Sweetpotatoes, Developing sustainable seed systems, Proof-of-concept projects.

Muhanga, Kamonyi, Rulindo and Gakenke Districts.


Key Project Information

The Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) is a 5-year initiative designed to improve the food security and livelihoods of poor families in Sub-Saharan Africa by exploiting the untapped potential of Sweetpotato. It will develop the essential capacities, products, and methods to reposition sweetpotato in food economies of Sub-Saharan African countries to alleviate poverty and under nutrition, particularly among poor women and children.SASHA are a project of the International Potato Center (CIP). As part of the broader, 10-year, multi-donor Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative, the SASHA project is expected to set the groundwork for improving the lives of 10 million Sub-Saharan households in 10 years.

Leader Jan W. Low
Start date August 04, 2009
End date July 31, 2019
Lead organization International Potato Center (CIP)
Collaborating organizations RAB, Local Government, Urwibutso Enterprises, Imbaraga fermer Organization, YWCA-Rwanda
Region Sub- Saharan Africa
Countries Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkinafaso
Status Complete
Type of project Development / Dissemination and Research
Financing Sources Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Members Jan W. Low, Tassy Kariuki


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