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Presentation 3: Quality characteristics of orange fleshed sweetpotato crisps from selected Kenyan varieties

George O. Abong’*1, Victoria C.M. Ndanyi1, Michael W. Okoth1, Kaaya, Archileo2, Solomon Shibairo3, Wanjekeche Elizabeth4 and Sopade, PA5 1Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 29053-00625, Nairobi; 2Department of Food and Nutrition School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-engineering, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, …
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Breeding Superior Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato cultivators for West Africa

Breeding Superior Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is of public health significance in the developing world. It is a leading cause of preventable blindness among children. Nearly 100 million preschool children suffer from VAD. In 2005, some 667 thousand deaths of children under the age of five (6.3% of all such deaths worldwide) were estimated to …
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Constraints and Breeding Priorities for Increased Sweetpotato Utilization in Ghana

Sweetpotato is used in various food preparations in place of rice, cassava, yam and plantain in Ghana. In spite of this it does not have the same importance in Ghanaian diet as other root and tuber crops. Consumer taste, preference and acceptance are critical in determining the suitability of sweetpotato cultivars to …
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Breeding Superior Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato Cultivars for West Africa

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is of public health significance in the developing world. In spite of extensive promotion of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) varieties (OFSPs), they are poorly utilized in Ghana because of their low dry matter and high sugar content. The objective of this study was to develop farmer- and consumer-preferred betacarotene-rich varieties to …
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Poster: Sand storage – an innovation to extend the shelf-life of fresh sweetpotato for home consumption and market sales finding from Ghana and Malawi

African farmers have developed a range of practices in an effort to store sweetpotato roots and extend shelf-life. These include storage in soil, grass or ash, storage in pits, leaving roots in the ground and harvesting piecemeal as required, or processed into sun-dried chips. β-carotene, an important source of dietary vitamin …
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Presentation 23: Nutrition and Health: Strategies for eliminating Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) in Tanzania

This presentation’s main focus is on Tanzania’s Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and strategies for successful elimination. The promotion of the production and consumption of β-carotene-rich food is a sustainable approach to combat vitamin A deficiency. In this presentation it is portrayed as the strategy which will complement other vitamin A …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Integrating health and agriculture to maximize the nutritional impact of orange-!eshed sweetpotato: The Mama SASHA proof-of-concept project in Western Kenya

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) contributes to significant health problems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is an important source of energy and beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in the body. One medium-size sweetpotato provides enough to meet the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A for children and …
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SASHA Brief 2011: Integrating health and agriculture to maximize the nutritional impact of orange-fleshed sweetpotato: The Mama SASHA proof-of-concept project in Western Kenya

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) contributes to significant health problems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Most vulnerable are the young children and pregnant or lactating women. Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is an important source of energy and beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in the body. This brief is reporting on project …
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