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Promotion of sustainable sweetpotato production and post-harvest management through farmer field schools in East Africa

This document is about promotion of sustainable sweetpotato production and post-harvest management through farmer field schools in East Africa.

The project purpose was specifically to increase the returns from sweetpotato enterprise through improved production and post-harvest management by east African smallholders. This feeds into the more general purpose given by the Crop Protection Programme of promoting strategies to reduce the impact of pests in herbaceous crops in Forest Agriculture systems in order to improve the livelihoods of poor people. Project Objectives: To increase the returns from sweetpotato through enhancing East African smallholders’ capacity in sustainable production and post-production management. This project pulled together the results of over six years of laboratory, on-station, and on-farm research on improved component technologies, and promoted the knowledge to farmers through a process of experiential learning. The project strengthened institutional linkages between the FAO pilot program to promote Farmer Field Schools in north-eastern Uganda and western Kenya, a number of local NGOs and community-based organisations, the ClientOriented Agricultural and Dissemination Research Project, the Ugandan national research institute (NARO), the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), and the International Potato Centre (CIP). Results and lessons will be extended to other countries in eastern, central, and southern Africa through two networks: PRAPACE and SARRNET 1 .