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Report of the 8th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) Technical Meeting

The 8th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) technical meeting took place from 24 – 26 September, 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The theme of this year’s meeting was ‘Building Resilient Food Systems with Sweetpotato.’ The meeting incorporated a half-day exhibition held at Mlimani City Mall—a popular shopping mall in Dar es Salaam— on the 24th September. During the exhibition, sweetpotato innovations from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana and Mozambique were displayed by the International Potato Center (CIP) and partners as well as private sector entrepreneurs reaching over 500 people with successful orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) based food products. From 25 – 26 September, researchers, donors, policy makers, private sector actors, farmers and non-governmental organizations working along various sweetpotato value chains in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa engaged in technical discussions along the meeting theme at Ramada Resort. 105 participants (66 men, 29 women) representing 42 distinct organizations were drawn from 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and Germany, Peru, United States of America and Britain. Finally, selected participants took part in field visits (27 – 28 September) to see first-hand ongoing sweetpotato work by CIP, Farm Concern International, Sokoine University Graduate Entrepreneurs Cooperative (SUGECO) in the Morogoro area and SRI Kibaha and AVCO Investments in the environs of Dar-es-Salaam.