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2019 SPHI Brief 42. The accelerated value chain development program: orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) value chain in Kenya.

Through contract farming, about 160 tons of OFSP roots worth USD 22,400 were produced in 2018. Fresh orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) roots were introduced to both urban and local markets through traders’ orientation, free samples and cooking demonstrations . In 2018, farmers linked to the project supplied roots worth USD 11,760, …
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2019 SPHI Brief 41. Ghana’s KNUST: Equipping the next generation of sweetpotato change maker.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in collaboration with its partners is repositioning sweetpotato in Ghana’s food economy for health and wealth creation, making it an entrepreneurial hub in Africa. The capacities of participants of its annual Sweetpotato Training of Trainers (ToT) Course dubbed “Everything you need to …
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2019 SPHI Brief 40. Scaling Triple S PLUS with gender responsive tools and diverse scaling partners.

Triple S is currently being scaled in Ghana and Ethiopia by two scaling champions, using gender responsive tools and a scaling strategy developed with diverse partners. We used the theory of scaling and tools to support responsible scaling of the innovation as a package. The project is validating different gender …
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2019 SPHI Brief 39. Developing integrated value chains to enhance rural smallholders’ incomes and food (DIVERSIFY) project-Malawi.

The project has reached 3,000 households with Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) planting material, conducted value addition training and home-based food processing to 100 lead farmers who are continuously reaching other beneficiaries. Two processors (Mother Holdings Limited and Tehilah Food processing (Fig. 1)) are purchasing roots for making bread, crisps, buns and …
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2019 SPHI Brief 38. Feed the Future Malawi improved seed systems and technologies (MISST) project: Orange-fleshed sweetpotato component.

The project (December 2014-June 2019) enabled more than 63,000 households to produce and consume pro-vitamin A rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP). We have built the capacity of private sector, government and NGO’s to scale out OFSP technologies for the betterment of smallholder farmers in Malawi.
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2019 SPHI Brief 37. Nutritious maize-OFSP porridge helps diversity diet in school feeding programme in Malawi.

To date, the Root and Tuber Crops (RTC)Action project (2016-2021) has reached 50,000 beneficiary households. This year it piloted introducing orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) into eight primary school feeding programs to expand its reach. Distributed OFSP vines to the schools involved in the home-grown school feeding program for production of roots …
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2019 SPHI Brief 35. Promoting OFSP for income, women’s empowerment, and nutrition: Lessons from Helen Keller International’s Programs in Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The Healthy Lifestyle Project in Nigeria that started in January 2018 has worked to create awareness about the nutritional quality of Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP), which has led to uptake of the crop among 4,882 students and their families in urban communities of Ikeja, Lagos State and school gardens established at …
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2019 SPHI Brief 34. Genomic tools for sweetpotato improvement project (GT4SP).

We developed genomic and genetic resources for sweetpotato improvement, including genome sequencing and annotation of two diploid relatives, to be used as reference genomes for cultivated sweetpotato. We developed a sequence-based single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping platform, with supporting bioinformatics and analytical tools to facilitate marker-assisted breeding. We additionally developed …
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2019 SPHI Brief 33. Strengthening institutional systems for scaling up OFSP for improved nutrition and food security in Tigray and SNNPR, Ethiopia

From July 2017 to May 2019, a total of 8.45 million orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) cuttings (1,317,500 in Tigray and 7,131,220 in Southern Nations Nationalities and People Region (SNNPR)) were distributed. These directly reached 19,758 households (HHs): 5,348 HHs in Tigray and 14,410 HHs in SNNPR. In addition, continuous advocacy efforts …
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