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Mihiretu Cherinet completes Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program

Tell us something about yourself I hold a BSc in Dry Land Crop and Horticultural Science from Mekkele University, Ethiopia and a MSc. in Horticulture from Pretoria University, Pretoria, South Africa. After my MSc, I participated in an internship in modern greenhouse crop production at Green Circle Grower in U.S.A, …

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Growing sweetpotatoes in the desert: what this could mean for food security in sub-Saharan Africa?

For many of us, deserts represent dry wastelands where almost nothing can take root, let alone grow and flourish. But for the last three years, Dr. Hari Krishna has been growing sweetpotato in the desert in Abu Dhabi, with considerable success. Dr. Krishna is a development agronomist and postharvest technologist …

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Announcing the 8th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative Technical Meeting

The 8th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) Meeting will be held from 24th through 27th September 2017 at the Ramada Resort in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, followed by a field trip to the Morogoro area 27-29th September.  The theme of this year’s meeting is Building Resilient Food Systems with …

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The 7th Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice Consultation takes place in Uganda

The 7th Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice Consultation was held from 13th to 14th June in Colline Hotel, Mukono Uganda. The theme of the meeting was Towards Upscaling Sweetpotato Seed Production and Delivery of Quality Planting Material in Sub-Saharan Africa. The meeting was attended by 62 participants from 11 …

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A new video teaches farmers how to make and store sweetpotato silage for their dairy animals

9 June 2017, Nairobi – The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has launched an instructional video that teaches dairy farmers how to make sweetpotato vine silage. The video titled ‘Sweetpotato Vine Silage:  An instructional video for dairy farmers’ was developed by the Mazingira Centre —an environmental research and education facility—based …

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Lessons from orange sweetpotato saturation and thought leader experiments for promoting adoption in Uganda

 13 June 2017  – Dr. Dan Gilligan (IFPRI) held a webinar to present a study on lessons from orange sweetpotato saturation and thought leader experiments for promoting adoption in Uganda. The presentation was part of the SPHI Sweetpotato Seed Systems Community of Practice that was held from 13th to 14th June, …

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HarvestPlus Chief Executive Officer pays courtesy visit to International Potato Center, Nairobi

Nairobi, 31 May 2017 – Beverley (Bev) Postma, the Chief Executive Officer of HarvestPlus, paid a courtesy call to the International Potato Center (CIP) in Nairobi, where she met with senior scientists from the potato and sweetpotato research and development programs. During her visit, Bev shared her plans into the …

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