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Learning the Smart Way: Lessons Learned by the Reaching Agents of Change Project

This is a book titled “Learning the Smart Way: Lessons Learned by the Reaching  Agents of Change Project.” The Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) project was a new and exciting idea when  the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded it in 2011. It asked the question: could  a much greater concentration on advocacy for policy change and institutional  capacity building drive orange‐fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) uptake in Sub‐Saharan  Africa? In the course of a three‐and‐half years’ (June 2011–December 2014), ‘high  risk’ pilot project, RAC proved that, yes, it could. And more than that, it should.     This booklet shares the learning process that RAC used and highlights some of the  most useful and replicable lessons learned. RAC confirmed that for projects to  succeed at scaling out and scaling up technologies such as OFSP, they should not  concentrate on technology alone. Indeed, researchers can develop all the varieties  they want, but without policy and institutional innovations to catalyse and  facilitate adoption processes, they will not attain their objectives. By actively  seeking the endorsement and support of policy‐makers and local institutions, RAC  was able to till the ground in which technology scaling up at the national and  regional levels became possible, and more importantly, sustainable. 
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Guidelines for Integrating Nutrition into Agriculture Enterprise Mixes in Uganda

Guidelines for Integrating Nutrition into Agriculture Enterprise Mixes in Uganda

The guidelines for Integration into Agriculture Enterprises Mixes in Uganda is a document by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. These guidelines aim to direct agriculture extension and community development workers and their agents to support an enterprise mix development process that also considers nutrition.   The book is …
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ON CHOOSING A STANDARD OPERATIONAL INDICATOR OF WOMEN’S DIETARY DIVERSITY

Monotonous diets fail to meet human micronutrients’ needs. Consequently, dietary diversity is crucial for vulnerable groups, in particular for women of reproductive age (WRA). Could the dietary diversity be measured and used as a simple population-level proxy indicator collected via large-scale surveys to reflect the micronutrient adequacy of WRA’s diets? …
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Potato and Sweetpotato in Africa: Transforming the Value Chains for Food and Nutrition Security

Potato and Sweetpotato in Africa: Transforming the Value Chains for Food and Nutrition Security is a comprehensive examination of the fastest expanding food crops in sub-Saharan Africa. Potato and sweetpotato are two of the most important crop plants in the world, and of increasing prominence in sub-Saharan Africa. Expanding faster …
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SWEETPOTATO RECIPE BOOK

Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) is an important food crop in eastern and central Africa. The crop is particularly important in the densely populated countries in the Lake Victoria zone particularly Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, where it plays more prominent and diversified roles in the food system. In Uganda, sweetpotato …
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SWEETPOTATO PROMOTION GROUP UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN

This is a book of proceedings of the First National Conference on Sweetpotato in Nigeria held at First Bank Building of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria during 16-18 September 2008. The meeting of sweetpotato scientists, traders, farmers, transporters, development agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders …
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