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Annual Progress Report-2016

The perfect end to year 2 of SASHA Phase 2 (SASHA2) occurred on 28th June 2016, when Ambassador Kenneth Quinn announced at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State, that CIP scientists Jan Low, Robert Mwanga, and Maria Andrade, along with Howdy Bouis of HarvestPlus, had been selected as the 2016 World Food Prize Co-Laureates. The award honored their efforts to improve nutrition through biofortification, highlighting in particular their work on orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP). As of 8 July, more than 100 media outlets have carried the announcement. The actual awarding of the prize will be on 13 October in Des Moines, Iowa. The team warmly acknowledges the key role the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) played in helping turn an innovative concept into reality and the catalytic role Foundation support plays in encouraging other donors to participate. SASHA2 is building on the successes realized during SASHA1, with a strategic focus on adaptive research to break the remaining bottlenecks to unleashing the potential of sweetpotato to reduce undernutrition and food insecurity. In the first half of year 2, we integrated US $1.9 million of supplemental funds from BMGF into the core SASHA2 project, which enabled seven existing sub-grants with partners in national agricultural research systems (NARS) to be strengthened and two additional new sub-grants.