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Breeding nutritious sweetpotatoes in Zambia

Breeding nutritious sweetpotatoes in Zambia – International Potato Center Dr. Martin Chiona is plant breeder and head of the root and tuber research team at the Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI). This organization is collaborating with the International Potato Center (CIP) and partners under a three-year project: Sweetpotato Genetic Advances …

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What’s in a name? Sweetpotato farmers in Uganda can tell us!

What’s in a name? And when is a name just a name?  In Busoga region of eastern Uganda, the names for two morphologically similar varieties offer insights to researchers on how they can help breeders develop better sweetpotatoes for small farmers and consumers.    What’s in a name? Sweetpotato farmers in Uganda can tell us! – International …

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Nigerian schools adopt sweet potato to boost nutrition

Nigerian schools adopt sweet potato to boost nutrition By Alex Abutu [ABUJA, NIGERIA] The school feeding programme of Nigeria is using orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) ̶ Mothers delight ̶to help fight vitamin A deficiency in children. The production of OFSP was the result of research collaboration between the National Root …

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Sweet Potato Lessons: The Case for Homegrown Solutions

International “We have made significant progress,” says Dr. Mwanga, who speaks of “unleashing the potential” of the orange sweet potato across the continent. “The number of people consuming it is increasing rapidly.” That means more children are getting the vitamin A they need to keep their vision clear and young …

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