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SPHI Brief 2013: DONATA Enhanced uptake and adoption of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) technologies in East Africa

The DONATA project in sub-Saharan Africa aimed to improve livelihoods and increase economic growth for resource poor farmers. This goal was approached via establishment of multi-stakeholder platforms referred to as Innovation Platforms for Technology Adoption (IPTAs). These multi-stakeholder platforms including National Agriculture Research Institutes (NARIs), non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Exploiting sweetpotato as an animal feed in East Africa

East Africa has the highest per capita consumption of livestock products among all the regions in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). High population pressure has led to increased competition for land between food grains and feed resources. The problem is compounded by a lack of quality feed year-round, with major feed shortages …
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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 2013: Sweetpotato seed systems: A question of quantity and quality

Sweetpotato is a vegetatively propagated crop with short cropping cycle. In most cases each of the cropping cycle is started with planting cutting material, other than breeders who use true seeds. Normally, crop propagated vegetatively accumulate diseases resulting to adverse effects on yields. Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), most farmers source …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Breeding in Africa for Africa

Africa has long relied on traditionally breeding systems that are a time consuming to release improved variety. Frequently those new varieties do not suit the various geographic areas and the preferences of diverse farmers and consumers within a country. Indeed, as of 2008, most countries in Africa had no real …
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SASHA Brief 2011: Benefits of weevil resistant sweetpotato varieties

Weevil is a major threat to sweetpotato, which plays a vital role in food security and income generation for both the urban and rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Weevils can devastate sweetpotato production, and even cause total crop loss. Weevil resistant varieties are the most sustainable solution to this …
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Presentation: What we have learned about viruses in SSA and Progress to date on developing new tools for better & quicker virus assessment

This is a review presentation on progress in viruses’ assessment in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The current initiative is development of new tools for quick virus assessment such as, sRNA, tube arrays and LAMP technology. In conclusions, tube arrays are recommended for distribution within hubs. However, the expected Next generation sequencing …
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Presentation: What we have learned about viruses in SSA and Progress to date on developing new tools for better & quicker virus assessment

This is a review presentation on progress in viruses’ assessment in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The current initiative is development of new tools for quick virus assessment such as, sRNA, tube arrays and LAMP technology. In conclusions, tube arrays are recommended for distribution within hubs. However, the expected Next generation sequencing …
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EIGHTH SWEETPOTATO BREEDERS ANNUAL MEETING PROCEEDINGS

  This is a report of breeders annual meeting held at Mukono, 2010. This report highlights major activities, plans and achievements across major potato producing SSA countries.
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