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Release of a climate-adaptive and nutritious purple-fleshed sweet potato ( KC-SWEET PURPLE) variety in Kenya

The International Potato Center (CIP) and Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) have collaborated to release the KC Sweet Purple variety of sweet potato in Kenya, aiming to address climate challenges faced by farmers. Originally from Ghana, where it was known as ‘SARI-DIEDI,’ the purple-fleshed, climate-resistant, and nutritious sweet …

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Online Sweetpotato germplasm ordering platform

The Sweetpotato Germplasm Ordering Platform is an online website that allows you to order pathogen-free released germplasm from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) breeding programs. All germplasm are currently shipped from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) station in Muguga, Kiambu County, Kenya. 108 sweetpotato varieties have been added on the …

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Hands-on biometrics training for plant breeding in Nairobi, Kenya

Using sound statistical approaches is one of the most effective ways to increase heritability, response to selection and consequently expected genetic gains. The International Potato Center (CIP) is organizing a biometrics training funded by the OneCGIAR Breeding Resources Initiative and the SweetGAINS BMGF investment implemented by CIP and partners, from 5 till 9 December 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. The hands-on …

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To celebrate the best in sweetpotato research, we are extremely excited to announce our annual Sweetpotato Science Paper competition for 2022. Established through a generous endowment from Dr. Jan Low, CIP offers a $500 award presented to the lead author of the publication and intended to be split among the co-authors. The …

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WINNER! Best Sweetpotato Scientific Paper Competition in 2020

The winner of the best sweetpotato scientific paper in 2020 is:  Development of a food product profile for boiled and steamed sweetpotato in Uganda for more effective breeding. International Journal of Food Science and Technology 56 (3), pp. 1385-1398. ( This study sought to understand user preferences of raw, boiled and steamed sweetpotato, a staple food …

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