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SPHI Brief 2015: Jumpstarting Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato in West Africa through Diversified Markets

This flyer describes the objectives, activities, and progress made in implementing a three-year project that targets informal and formal orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) markets in Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso between June 2014 and July 2015. The project is working towards four major outcomes at each target location: to establish commercial …
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SWEETPOTATO BREEDING IN WEST AFRICA PROGRESS IN BURKINA FASO, GHANA AND NIGERIA

This presentation is a composite progress report for West Africa. The countries covered include Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria. Important constraints across these countries include: Susceptibility to Cylas sp., Alcidodes sp and SPVD Drought and shortening rainny season ( irregular rainfall pattern) Low yields, root dry matter content, low beta-carotene levels in …
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SPHI Brief 2014: Jumpstarting Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato in West Africa through Diversified Markets

This brief describes the pilot efforts to develop markets for orange-fleshed sweetpotato, in order to stimulate production of the crop and to help combat vitamin A deficiency. The target region is West Africa including Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Briefly, this region has serious micronutrient deficiency which can be controlled …
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Presentation: Phase 1 Achievements at the Sweetpotato Support Platform–West Africa

Sweetpotato breeding activities in West Africa aimed to breed new improved populations and link with participatory varietal selection at national levels. This presentation highlights the breeding selection sites and their characteristics in Ghana, quality analysis such as minerals, sugars and β-carotene, and effects of cooking on sugars. Additionally, the accelerated …
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SASHA Brief 2014: Unsweetpotato–Breeding staple-type sweetpotato for West Africa and beyond

Sweetpotato as its name suggest is sweet. The sweetness holds back its potential to play major role as starchy staple in diets. In West Africa, the need for Unsweetpotato integration into value chains is urgent. Additionally, characteristics such as storability, poundability are likely co-traits for these Unsweetpotato varieties. This brief …
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