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Resilient Nutritious Sweetpotato

Explore the challenges in international agriculture, transforming livelihoods with sweetpotato, better nutrition, OFSP’s income to women and other benefits of sweetpotato on International Potato Center’s website.

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Performance of Micro and Small Scale Agribusinesses in Northern Region of Ghana: Non-financial Analysis

The need for the reduction in poverty status of rural people through the development of Agribusiness is of paramount concern to most governments. Agribusiness in Africa is considered the catalyst for economic growth and poverty reduction. The importance of Agribusiness to the development of Ghana is quiet clear however very …

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Weevil Resistant Sweetpotato Through Biotechnology

African sweetpotato weevils (SPW), Cylas puncticollis and C. brunneus, pose a major threat to sweetpotato, which plays a vital role in food security and income generation for both the urban and rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). SPW can limit sweetpotato production causing total crop loss. Control methods such as …

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Breeding of sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam) for drought tolerance and high dry matter content in Rwanda.

Sweetpotato is the third most important root crop next to cassava and potato in Rwanda. Drought stress remains the leading abiotic constraint to sweetpotato production in the Southern and Eastern Provinces of the country. Therefore, development and release of improved sweetpotato varieties incorporating end users’ preferences such as high storage …

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Adaptation to mid-season drought in a sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas [L.] Lam) germplasm collection grown in Mozambique

Drought has negative effects on sweetpotato production. Two experiments with two watering treatments (irrigated and water-stressed) were conducted at Umbeluzi Research Station in 2015. The objectives were to (i) determine response of 48 sweetpotato germplasms to mid-season drought, (ii) determine best traits for improvement of storage root yield under mid-season …

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Selection of Simple Sequence Repeat Markers Associated with Inheritance of Sweetpotato Virus Disease Resistance in Sweetpotato

Sweetpotato virus disease (SPVD), a complex of Sweet potato chlorotic stunt virus (SPCSV; Crinivirus) and Sweet potato feathery mottle virus (SPFMV; Potyvirus) causes high yield losses in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The development of resistant cultivars to SPVD has been limited by the complex sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam. var. batatas] …

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Lapses, infidelities, and creative adaptations: Lessons from evaluation of a participatory market development approach in the Andes

Participatory approaches are frequently recommended for international development programs, but few have been evaluated. From 2007 to 2010 the Andean Change Alliance evaluated an agricultural research and development approach known as the “Participatory Market Chain Approach” (PMCA). Based on a study of four cases, this paper examines the fidelity of …

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