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Sweet potato is globally the second most economically important root crop after potato and is an important food security crop in many of the poorest regions of the world including sub-Saharan Africa. Root crops are unusually important relative to cereals in Africa In East Africa, sweet potato is grown predominantly by women, for both home consumption and to supplement household income by sale to local markets and urban centers. In Kenya, sweet potato plays an important role in food security. African farmers produce sweet potato mostly for human consumption. African yields are quite low about a third of Asian yields because of differences in crop management indicating huge potential for future growth.


This training manual is aimed to help farmers increase their sweet potato yield for home consumption and profitability when sold.