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SASHA Brief 2013: Gender dimensions of sweetpotato production and consumption in Rwanda

This brief discuss gender dimensions in sweetpotato production. case study Rwanda. Brielfy, the Rwanda Super Foods Project sought to assess the relative efficiency of sweetpotato product value chains and their potential to increase farmer income and equity. Overall observation is that in many countries, when a crop is commercialized, men become …
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SPHI Brief 2013: Sweetpotato support platforms to build a community of practice

Among variety of crops in sub-Saharan Africa, under-investment is majorly experienced in sweetpotato production. The key bottlenecks to the full potential utilization of sweetpotato have been identified, and there is a dearth of researchers addressing those problems and development agents knowledgeable in good sweetpotato production and post-harvest management techniques. These …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Exploiting sweetpotato as an animal feed in East Africa

East Africa has the highest per capita consumption of livestock products among all the regions in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). High population pressure has led to increased competition for land between food grains and feed resources. The problem is compounded by a lack of quality feed year-round, with major feed shortages …
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SPHI Brief 2013: Scaling up technologies in orange-fleshed sweetpotato using the Agricultural Innovation System

This brief reports on a project aimed at using an Agricultural Innovations Systems (AIS) approach, to support capacity strengthening among in-country stakeholders for OFSP value chain development and up-grading. Particularly, to achieve more effective and gender-equitable sweetpotato value chains, ensuring that as the commercialization of sweetpotato increases, the benefits are …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Rwanda sweetpotato super foods market chains that work for women and for the poor

Rwanda is one of densely populated countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with this numbers expected to double by 2020. Urbanization is also increasing leading to growing demand of more processed, faster cooking foods such as wheat products than their rural counterparts. Some of these processed products are relatively expensive and their …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Integrating health and agriculture to maximize the nutritional impact of orange-!eshed sweetpotato: The Mama SASHA proof-of-concept project in Western Kenya

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) contributes to significant health problems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is an important source of energy and beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in the body. One medium-size sweetpotato provides enough to meet the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A for children and …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Improving access to timely and quality sweetpotato vines in Tanzania

This brief documents SASHA efforts to improve access to timely and quality sweetpotato vines in Tanzania. The impact left six months after the end of the project, saw the Decentralized Vine Multipliers (DVMs) continue to respond to the need for quality vines in their communities and see opportunities for additional …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Sweetpotato seed systems: A question of quantity and quality

Sweetpotato is a vegetatively propagated crop with short cropping cycle. In most cases each of the cropping cycle is started with planting cutting material, other than breeders who use true seeds. Normally, crop propagated vegetatively accumulate diseases resulting to adverse effects on yields. Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), most farmers source …
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SASHA Brief 2013: Weevil resistant sweetpotato through biotechnology

Weevil’s damage on sweetpotato threatens food security for the poor. Additionally, its production, marketability, and sustainability, especially in areas experiencing longer dry periods. Mitigation procedure applied conventional breeding methods which failed in spite of considerable investments for decades leaving farmers hopeless. This brief report on project aimed at developing weevil …
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