Communities of Practice

We are stepping down the knowledge and skills we acquired at the training to people in our communities. We would like to help them improve the production of OFSP, and learn how to process products from the roots so that they can have better nutrition and income. Read More
We are ToTs who attended the training-of-trainers course on “Everything You Need to Know about Sweet Potato” organised by the Department of Food Science and Technology of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and International Potato Center. Read More
Through online discussions, CoP members share information with one another and with members of other CoP groups. Online discussions are guided by topics selected during the annual meeting, and enable the participation of members who are unable to attend the physical meetings. Each topic is moderated by a leader, who summarizes and distributes the summary of the discussion, conclusions and way forward for action or future discussions. Read More
This CoP meeting is held under the umbrella of the Africa-wide Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI). Participants share experiences and innovative ways to fast-the scale-up of marketing, processing and utilization of vitamin-A rich sweetpotato varieties. Read More
The CoP brings together professionals working on all levels of the sweetpotato value chain, as well as private sector players who are innovating processing and utilization of orange-fleshed sweetpotato for commercial products. The overall objective continues to be to develop the essential capacities, products, and methods to reposition sweetpotato in food economies to alleviate poverty and under-nutrition in Afric Read More
Decentralized breeding in Africa for Africa clearly has produced results. By using new methods and tools, and engaging with farmers earlier in the breeding cycle, Speedbreeders had released 46 new sweetpotato varieties since 2009, 37 of which are orange-fleshed by 2015. Thirteen breeders contributed to the 2014 edition of the Catalogue of Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato for Africa. Read More
The annual SpeedBreeders meetings bring national program breeders from 14 countries together has continued. From 2015, the meeting will be collaboration with the new sweetpotato genomics project led by North Carolina State University. This collaboration will introduce training on and use of molecular tools into the breeding CoP. Read More
Speedbreeders from 14 SSA countries meet annually to review their progress and learn new techniques. To further improve their efficiency, they are using SASHA’s Excel-based tool CloneSelector, with the R Statistical Package integrated into it. It facilitates trial design, label printing, entering data into agreed upon common fields, and data analysis. Read More
The MLE CoP group will focus on developing agreed upon tools and protocols whose use among different sweetpotato dissemination efforts will be encouraged. The MLE will facilitate experience sharing and training on using, testing and adopting innovative and appropriate monitoring systems. Read More
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning CoP aims to accord its members the opportunity to “get better together” through shared learning and sharing of tacit knowledge, which will in turn enable members to develop innovative solutions to M&E challenges. Read More
Functioning seed systems meeting farmer demand are key to improving sweetpotato production and productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). However, sweetpotato seed systems are affected by a number of technical, socio-economic, institutional and financial constraints that translate into low productivity of sweetpotato in SSA; these are a common concern in many countries. Read More
We are committed to developing and being active members of a dynamic CoP on sweetpotato seed system research and development. We are genuinely interested in learning from each other’s expertise and practice. As members we combine our own interests with an open mandate from our organisation and we work together in an informal structure. Read More
The purpose of the CoP will be to facilitate networking, the exchange of experiences and learning in order to generate new knowledge about how to tackle crucial constraints in sweetpotato seed systems across SSA. The membership of the CoP is open to committed individuals and organisations that have a mandate to work on sweetpotato seed systems. Read More


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Showcasing innovative ways to have your Orange-fleshed sweetpotato


The International Potato Center (CIP) hosted a sweetpotato awareness week at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) headquarters in Nairobi,...
Retooling sweetpotato M&E staff to strengthen evidence base at the 2017 MLE CoP meeting


With the recent global recognition of CIP’s work in biofortification through the award of World Food Prize has come questions about the evidence of the s...
Annans visit Jumpstart project in Ghana


Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Annan held meetings, January 9 -11, with key stakeholders involved in the Jumpstarting Orange-Fles...
Updates from the Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice (SS CoP) Sixth Consultation


The Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice (SS CoP) Sixth Consultation was held from 6th to 8th December 2016 at Pride Inn in Nairobi, Kenya.



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