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SASHA Reports – Executive Summaries

Annual Progress Report, 2017 – This has been an incredible year of recognition and celebration of the progress made in biofortification, and for vitamin A-rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in particular. The awarding of the 2016 World Food Prize to three CIP scientists supported by SASHA (Jan Low, Maria Andrade, and Robert Mwanga) and Howdy Bouis, of HarvestPlus, on 13 October 2016, was a memorable event. A highlight of the associated Borlaug Dialogue was a panel discussion with the colaureates moderated by former Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) CEO Jeff Raikes.  Read More

Annual Progress Report, 2016 – The perfect end to year 2 of SASHA Phase 2 (SASHA2) occurred on 28th June 2016, when Ambassador Kenneth Quinn announced at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State, that CIP scientists Jan Low, Robert Mwanga, and Maria Andrade, along with Howdy Bouis of HarvestPlus, had been selected as the 2016 World Food Prize Co-Laureates. The award honored their efforts to improve nutrition through biofortification, highlighting in particular their work on orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP). Read More

Annual Progress Report, 2015 – SASHA Phase 2 (SASHA2) is building on the successes realized during the first phase of the SASHA (SASHA1) project, with a strategic focus on adaptive research to break the remaining bottlenecks to unleashing the potential of sweetpotato to reduce undernutrition and food insecurity. All sub-grant agreements (SGAs) for year 1 were processed. Read More

Annual Progress Report, 2014 – The first five-year phase of the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) five-year project sought to directly improve the food security of at least 155,000 sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) families by exploiting the untapped potential of sweetpotato and to create the conditions for going to scale. This required (1) transforming sweetpotato breeding; (2) developing innovative seed systems; (3) strengthening partners’ capacities; and (4) understanding how to link these components to market and food-based nutritional interventions while ensuring gender equity. The first phase (i.e., SASHA1) finished on 30 June 2015 and the second five-year phase (i.e., SASHA2) began on 1 July 2014. Read More

Annual Progress Report, 2013 – This report covers progress made through 3o June 2013. Note that during this reporting period, a two person external evaluation team visited all major SASHA field sites from 20 October – 2 November 2012, with a visit to SASHA research in Peru 3-7 December 2012. In March 2013, SASHA PMT members and some key partners attended a four day convening at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In preparation for that meeting, an on-line review of major SASHA partners was conducted to receive feedback on the role of CIP as a lead organization and “two-pagers” of key areas of research for Phase 2 prepared. After reviewing the results from the external evaluation and progress-to-date, BMGF invited the SASHA team to develop a concept note for SASHA Phase 2 by 31st July 2013. Read More

Annual Progress Report, 2012 – The project is slightly more than half-way through. This report reports progress made through 30 June 2012. Overall, most components of four of the five research programs (RP) are on track based on their original milestones. The exception is RP2, which seeks to develop a transgenic weevil resistant sweetpotato. Expected results in a key RP2 experiment were not obtained early in year 3. This has necessitated a re-design of RP2, in consultation and with the approval of the relevant BMGF program officers. RP2 has proposed 3 new milestones and dropped 18. Of the remaining milestones, 17 have been achieved or almost achieved, 4 are on track, and 11 are behind schedule. Of the 109 milestones for non-RP2 sub-programs whose activities have begun, 51 have been completely or almost achieved (47%), 37 (34%) are on track for their expected completion dates, 18 are behind schedule (16%), and 3 (3%) have been dropped. Read More

Annual Progress Report, 2011 – The project focuses on research supporting development outcomes coordinated through three sub-regional sweetpotato support platforms (SSP). Sweetpotato’s image will be transformed from a poor person’s crop to a healthy food preferred by all. The project comprises five program areas to achieve its objectives. In year 2 (1 July 2010–30 June 2011), the basis of this report, all year 1 partner contracts have been renewed, new year 2 partner contracts signed, and only the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) agreement remains unsigned (however, the facilities are being used.) Read More

Annual Progress Report, 2010 – The project focuses on research supporting development outcomes coordinated through three sub-regional sweetpotato support platforms (SSP). Sweetpotato’s image will be transformed from a poor person’s crop to a healthy food preferred by all. The project comprises five program areas to achieve its objectives. In year 1, the basis of this report, all project-specific staff members have been recruited and all letters of agreement (LOA) with year 1 partners (except BeCA) have been signed. Of the 8 milestones due to be completed by 30th June 2010, 7 have been completely achieved and one 75% achieved. Read More