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The 16th Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders and Genomics Community of Practice meeting opens in Kigali

15 May 2017 – Kigali: The 16th Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders and Genomics Community of Practice (CoP) meeting has opened in Grand Legacy Hotel in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. The theme of the meeting is “Integrating modern genomics tools with traditional approaches.” The meeting was officially opened by the Director General of the …

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Bakers from Naivas Supermarkets trained on how to use orange-fleshed sweetpotato puree in bakery applications

Bakers' training held at Naivas Supermarket in Kitengela (Photo: Christine Bukania/CIP-SSA

On 29-30 April 2017, 24 bakers from Naivas stores in greater Nairobi were trained on using orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) puree for bakery applications. The training, held in the Naivas Kitengela branch, was organized by Tawanda Muzhingi, a food scientist at the International Potato Center (CIP), and Antonio Magnaghi a product …

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Strengthening Institutional and Community Capabilities to Consume Biofortified Crops


One of the objectives of the Building Nutritious Food Baskets project (BNFB) is to strengthen institutional and community capabilities, to produce and consume bio-fortified crops to reach a critical mass through initiatives, like training of trainers (ToTs), targeted step-down courses, and raising awareness through behavioral change communication targeting key stakeholder …

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Support scientists to make sweetpotato serve our health needs

Sweetpotato ranks as the seventh most important food crop in the world. In East Africa, it is the third most important food crop. However, despite the crop being a nutritious major staple crop throughout Africa, it remains one of the least marketed. This could be attributed to the long-held perception …

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African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) publishes Special Issue devoted to biofortification

Sokoine University

The African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) has published a Special Issue devoted to Biofortification. The Special Issue is a culmination of an idea mooted by Dr Howarth Bouis, one of the four 2016 World Food Prize laureates and features 17 chapters. In her forward, the AFJAND Editor-In-Chief, …

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