The SPHI Marketing, Processing and Utilization Community of Practice (MPU CoP) held its 5th Annual Meeting on 23-24 April 2018 at the Lotus Hotel in Blantyre, Malawi. The theme of the meeting was Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) Value Chains for Sustainable Food Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. The meeting was attended by 78 (35% women) participants from 10 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and the United States). The agenda was set by the MPU CoP leaders: Tawanda Muzhingi, Jean Pankuku, and Madjaliwa Nzamwita. The keynote address was given by Dr. Wilkson Makumba who is the Director in the Department of Agricultural Research Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in Malawi. His remarks highlighted the state of food security and nutrition in Malawi. In his remarks, he noted, “Investing in sweetpotato’s image and especially in orange-fleshed sweetpotato as a healthy food for all—young and old, rural and urban, and rich and poor consumers are all bound to benefit economically and socially”. There was a panel discussion with private sector players (Euro Ingredients, Universal Industries, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), Tehilah Bakery and Value Addition Centre, and local farmers) who shared their experiences on the challenges and opportunities of OFSP processing in Africa. Presentations from the meeting will be available on www.sweetpotatoknowledge.org
HOW TO CITE
International Potato Center. 2018. Minutes of the Fifth Annual MPU Marketing, Processing and Utilization Community of Practice Meeting, held 23-24 April 2018 at the Lotus Hotel in Blantyre, Malawi. Compiled and edited by Faith Njoki Ngung’e and Tawanda Muzhingi for the SASHA Project, Nairobi, Kenya. 48 pages.