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Sweetpotato Breeders’ Course on Modern Breeding Techniques for Improvement of Sweetpotato and Annual Meeting Held at Ghent University Belgium, October 19 – 30, 2012

he 2012 annual Breeders’ meeting was the 10th in a row since 2003 and 4th in a row after inception of SASHA in 2009. This year, the meeting was joined with a refresher course for breeders on plant breeding techniques with emphasis on biotechnology breeding tools, a need that was identified during the previous year’s annual breeders meeting. The course and the meeting objectives were: a) enable breeders to refresh in breeding methods aware of the increasing demand for biotechnology based tools in plant breeding; b) continue to harmonize breeding approaches in SSA and c) to review the progress of SASHA and affiliated NARS breeding programs funded by AGRA; d) allow cross learning between breeding programs in SSA and other areas like China, America, Europe and India. Up to 41 participants (Annex 2) from different countries (Africa: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, and Burkina Faso; Asia: India, Indonesia, and China; Europe: Belgium; and America: USA, Peru) attended the meeting/course.