The 2016 International Phytosanitary Conference was held at the KEPHIS headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya between 12 and 16 September 2016.
Sweetpotato is one of the most widely grown root crops in Sub-Saharan Africa. There are real opportunities to boost the productivity and utilization of sweetpotato, and investing in this will directly benefit the poor through improving their incomes and nutritional status. Read More
Sweetpotato did not originate in Africa, it was domesticated at least 5,000 years ago in tropical America. Central America is believed to be the centre of origin of sweetpotato, with it being brought to Africa by Portuguese traders in the 16th Century. It was probably introduced on both the east and west coasts of Africa (possibly Angola and Mozambique), and then spread inland. Read More
Sweetpotato has the potential to produce remarkably high yields if given the right growing conditions. Sweetpotato can also yield more reliably under unfavourable conditions than many other crops. There is ongoing work across the SSA, addressing the best environmental factors that influence sweetpotato production Read More
Many sweetpotato plants in Sub-Saharan Africa are infested with virus diseases. Use of clean healthy planting materials could bring instant yield gains of 30-60%. In addition, sweetpotato weevil is a major source of economic loss in developing countries. Read More