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SPHI Brief 2013: Orange-fleshed sweetpotato is here to stay in Angola

This brief outlines the trends set in implementing orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) project in Angola. This project’s main objective was to initiate a sustainable increase of the economic contribution of the four major vegetatively propagated crops-banana, cassava, sweetpotato, and potato – for improved food security and poverty reduction in the rural areas with diverse agro-ecologies. Specific attention is given to developing and multiplying varieties resistant to economically important diseases that will benefit most rural households. Additionally, development of novel processed products from OFSP (Golden Bread, cakes and cookies, juice) is also being promoted to generate income from a crop traditionally grown by women as a subsistence crop. The project is currently exploring ways to bring together OFSP producers and processors to ensure a continuous supply of OFSP roots. The focus is on developing pilot examples of sustainable value chains. Lastly, a major observation was that improved sweetpotato varieties produced yields three times higher than existing local varieties, and were sold in the market, augmenting farmers’ income.


Kowalski, B. 2013. Orange-fleshed sweetpotato is here to stay in Angola. International Potato Center (CIP).