African farmers have developed a range of practices in an effort to store sweetpotato roots and extend shelf-life. These include storage in soil, grass or ash, storage in pits, leaving roots in the ground and harvesting piecemeal as required, or processed into sun-dried chips. β-carotene, an important source of dietary vitamin A, is better retained in fresh storage than in dried chips or flour. Important lessons have been learned regarding pre-storage handling and sorting with respect to curing and pest control. New innovations and local knowledge on root and tuber crops offer the potential for consistent improvements in the shelf-life of sweetpotato in SSA. This poster compares storage innovations at the community level in Ghana and Malawi.
Authors: John Kazembe, Sydney Khando, Blessings Mzumara, Kwabena Asare, Phillip Attim, Putri Ernawati Abidin, Eric Dery, Ted Carey, John Kazembe, Sydney Khando, Blessings Mzumara, Kwabena Asare, Phillip Attim, Putri Ernawati Abidin, Eric Dery, Ted Carey
Publisher: International Potato Center
Publication Date: September2015
HOW TO CITE
Abidin, P.E., Kazembe, J., Khando, S., Mzumara, B., Dery, E., Asare, K., Attim, P. and Carey, E.E. Sand storage – an innovation to extend the shelf-life of fresh sweetpotato for home consumption and market sales finding from Ghana and Malawi. International Potato Center (CIP).