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Advancing food and nutrition security and quality of life in Africa through SweetGAINS project

“SweetGAINS project will build upon earlier achievements to accelerate and improve the development and dissemination of climate-resilient, market-accepted sweetpotato, including orange- and the more common white- and yellow-fleshed varieties. It will bring a customer-needs-driven, industry perspective to sweetpotato breeding and promote aspects such as operational excellence,” said Hugo Campos, CIP …

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Summary overview from the West Africa SweetGAINS Sweetpotato Breeding and Seed Community of Practice meeting.

A series of 5 ongoing online meetings takes steps to strengthen a West Africa Sweetpotato Breeding and Seed Community of practice, to ensure the continuing development and dissemination of nutritious and productive sweetpotato varieties for the sub-Region.  The meetings organized by the International Potato Center under the auspices of the …

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Use sweet potatoes as emergency food

By Joshua Okonya The OFSP is one product that needs to be considered only in food-aid programmes for mass distribution but also commercial farming. It’s rich in vitamins that help boost immunity and hence help the body to wade off some illnesses. Use sweet potatoes as emergency foodBy Joshua Okonya …

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NC State Researchers Continue Improving Sweetpotatoes for Africa

Sweetpotatoes are a critical crop for North Carolina, and many places around the world. People in the U.S. may be familiar with the Covington sweetpotato, which Craig Yencho, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Horticulture, developed with Kenneth Pecota, a Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Horticulture. Craig Yencho …

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Market segmentation and sustaining sweetpotato seed businesses

Sweetpotato seed systems, which produce and distribute vine cuttings that farmers plant, are vital for disseminating improved varieties and ensuring that farmers have access to sufficient quality planting material when they need it. The International Potato Center (CIP) and partners have worked to strengthen sweetpotato seed systems in sub-Saharan Africa as part …

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Renovating crop breeding for faster delivery and greater impact

As increasingly erratic weather, pest and disease expansion, and other trends threaten farmers’ ability to produce enough food for the growing population, crop breeders are working on ways to speed up and improve the development of more resilient, high-yielding varieties. The current COVID-19 pandemic only reinforces the urgency of developing …

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Understanding farmer needs for new sweetpotato varieties

Jeanne Mukasine hails from Gakenke district in the northern reaches of Rwanda, the country of a thousand hills. Mukasine wears many hats —farmer, mother and wife. She is also a successful agri-preneur. Jeanne Mukasine (left) on her farm with Kiddo Mtunda (a sweetpotato breeder from Tanzania, and Jean Ndirigwe (a …

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No-one wakes up saying ‘I crave vitamin A today’ Listen to podcast There is more to good nutrition than calories and protein. The realisation that you can be perfectly well fed, maybe even too well fed, and yet still malnourished, is relatively recent. It often goes by the name hidden …

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