SpeedBreeders and Genomics CoP

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

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Commitment to Mainstreaming Beta-Carotene (pro-Vitamin A) into National Program Breeding Efforts

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At the recent 15th Annual Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders  Meeting, held in Nairobi 6-10 June 2016, discussions were held concerning which of the released varieties to date were being adopted most widely and why.  Breeders are selecting 100 “Best Bet” Sweetpotato varieties for sub-Saharan Africa that will be prioritized for maintaining core stocks of disease-free pre-basic cuttings (seed) at the regional hub at the Kenya Plant Health Inspection Service.   Participants at the Speedbreeders and Genomics meeting in Nairobi in June 2016Breeders discussed and debated many priority traits in their program.  Among these is beta-carotene, the trait that gives an orange color to the roots and ...
Unsweetpotato: Ernest Baafi talks of breeding for less sweetness and high dry matter in Ghana

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Ernest Baafi is a Research Scientist at the Crops Research Institute for Council of Scientific and Crop Research in Kumasi, Ghana. He is also a member of the Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders and Genomics Community of Practice.
Solomon Afuape: “The regional support platform has made me a better sweetpotato breeder”

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“I did not find sweetpotato, sweetpotato found me,” says Solomon Afuape, the Head of Sweetpotato Breeding Program at the National Roots Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), located in Umudike, Southeast Nigeria.
A Ugandan farmer discusses his experience using sweetpotato as cattle feed

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When Mathias Sserunkuma Salongo heard that sweetpotato breeders were holding a meeting with local livestock farmers at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge, he dropped what he was doing and rushed to join them.

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