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2019 SPHI Brief 34. Genomic tools for sweetpotato improvement project (GT4SP).

We developed genomic and genetic resources for sweetpotato improvement, including genome sequencing and annotation of two diploid relatives, to be used as reference genomes for cultivated sweetpotato. We developed a sequence-based single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping platform, with supporting bioinformatics and analytical tools to facilitate marker-assisted breeding. We additionally developed …
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2019 SPHI Brief 33. Strengthening institutional systems for scaling up OFSP for improved nutrition and food security in Tigray and SNNPR, Ethiopia

From July 2017 to May 2019, a total of 8.45 million orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) cuttings (1,317,500 in Tigray and 7,131,220 in Southern Nations Nationalities and People Region (SNNPR)) were distributed. These directly reached 19,758 households (HHs): 5,348 HHs in Tigray and 14,410 HHs in SNNPR. In addition, continuous advocacy efforts …
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2019 SPHI Brief 32. Viable Sweetpotato Technologies in Africa (VISTA) Mozambique delivered orange-fleshed sweetpotato at Scale.

During the 5-year project period, 74,000 households (55% female-headed) received quality orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) planting material; 39% of them were able to sustain production of OFSP in subsequent seasons without receiving additional vines from the project. 162,000 households indirectly benefitted through farmer-to-farmer diffusion of planting material and agronomic and nutritional …
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2019 SPHI Brief 31. Moving ahead with the nutritious sweetpotato in Inhambane, Mozambique.

From the lessons learned from previous activities in the Niassa province and recognizing that the agro-climatic conditions were completely different, the project started to implement field activities in a new province, Inhambane, on August 21, 2018. During the launch of the agricultural campaign for 2018-2019, the Inhambane government’s agricultural director …
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2019 SPHI Brief 30. HARVESTPLUS enhancing on-farm access to vitamin A sweetpotato pathogen-tested planting material in Uganda: Strategies for sustainable adoption.

On-farm performance of sweetpotato pathogen-tested (PT) planting material has been reported giving over 80 percent yield increase, especially in sweet potato virus disease (SPVD) susceptible varieties. Inspection and certification guidelines to support the current Seeds and Plant Regulations (2017) have been revised to ensure quality control along the sweetpotato seed …
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2019 SPHI Brief 29. Scaling sweetpotato-led interventions to improve smallholders’ nutrition and food security in Tigray Region, Ethiopia.

1 million vines have been distributed to 1,072 households in Tigray region of Ethiopia. The capacity of extension service delivery partners (agriculture and health extension), model farmers, and women development team leaders for sustainable production of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) was strengthened. Additionally, 457 trainers including extension officers, model farmers and …
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2019 SASHA Brief 25. The growth of the sweetpotato knowledge portal and social media as information hubs.

Development and continuous improvement of a real time visual dashboard on the Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal (SPKP) is a tool for tracking progress. Integration of the online Sweetpotato Variety Catalogue in 2019. Increased number of registered users and sessions on the Portal since 2016. Increased social media engagement on Facebook and …
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2019 SASHA Brief 24. Strengthening the SPHI community of practice: “A sweetpotato family, tremendously rewarding”.

Successfully held annual meetings for four technical community of practice (CoP) working groups over five, years with almost 1,000 participants (31% women) in total Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) Technical Meeting held annually with over 100 participants and over 40 organizations participating during last two years (Fig. 1) …
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