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Annual Progress Report-2017

This has been an incredible year of recognition and celebration of the progress made in biofortification, and for vitamin A-rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in particular. The awarding of the 2016 World Food Prize to three CIP scientists supported by SASHA (Jan Low, Maria Andrade, and Robert Mwanga) and Howdy Bouis, of HarvestPlus, on 13 October 2016, was a memorable event. A highlight of the associated Borlaug Dialogue was a panel discussion with the colaureates moderated by former Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) CEO Jeff Raikes. There has been extensive media coverage of the award, and the CIP laureates involved in 18 speaking events due to the award. Two papers were published in Global Food Security in early 2017 summarizing progress in biofortification and OFSP development and dissemination. The team deeply appreciates the key role BMGF played in helping turn an innovative concept into reality and the catalytic role it has played in getting other donors to support the going-to-scale effort. SASHA2 is building on the successes realized during SASHA1, with a strategic focus on adaptive research to break the remaining bottlenecks to unleash the potential of sweetpotato to reduce undernutrition and food insecurity.