Timely access to enough quantities of quality planting material is a key limiting factor in sweetpotato production in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is exacerbated by unpredictable changes in climatic conditions which makes it difficult to conserve planting material during the dry seasons. Triple S is one of the technologies that can help address this. Triple S involves Storing sweetpotato roots in Sand and letting them to Sprout when it is about to rain. Some stories about the benefits of Triple S are available on http://www.rtb.cgiar.org/blog/2019/03/13/small-investment-big-results/ and https://www.sweetpotatoknowledge.org/champion-farmer-household-contributes-scaling-use-triple-s-technology/ . Concerted efforts are needed in scaling up the technology to benefit more farmers. The 2019 SSS-CoP online discussions started with experience and knowledge sharing on Triple S with an aim of proposing ways through which the technology can benefit more farmers. Led by Mihiretu Cherinet, the discussion was held on April 8 – 23, 2019.
Why Triple S
Triple S which refers to ‘Storage in Sand and Sprouting’ provides planting material from storage roots in areas with a long dry season. In such areas, farmers often obtain sweetpotato planting material from roots which have been overlooked during harvest and sprout when it rains. However:
- The roots sprout only when it rains and planting material only becomes available some weeks afterwards
- The roots may sprout in distant fields, unprotected from grazing animals and thieves.