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SPHI Brief 20: Monitoring Decentralized Vine Multipliers as One Part of Improving Planting Material Access

The Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) recognizes that to meet its target of reaching ten million households with improved varieties of sweetpotato by 2020, there is a need for a strong seed system that ensures multiplication and dissemination of good quality and virus-free vines to root producers. A major strategy has been to identify and train decentralized vine multipliers (DVMs) who can serve their local communities. Potential institutional and individual buyers need to be linked to the multipliers, since they may not be aware where to get vines. Annually, the DVM registration exercise verifies that DVMs are producing vines for sale. Interested parties can find their location and contact information on the Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal’s View Progress Dashboard.