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SASHA Brief 2013: Breeding in Africa for Africa

Africa has long relied on traditionally breeding systems that are a time consuming to release improved variety. Frequently those new varieties do not suit the various geographic areas and the preferences of diverse farmers and consumers within a country. Indeed, as of 2008, most countries in Africa had no real …

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SPHI Brief 2011: 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 2011: Addressing gender in SASHA

Women are at the center of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa growing 50-60% 0f food crops. Urban migration, which is predominantly male, increases pressures on women, making them an even more critical part of food production system. Women are the gatekeepers of household nutrition and health – making them the vital …

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SASHA Brief 2011: Exploiting sweetpotato as an animal feed in East Africa

East Africa has the highest per capita consumption of livestock products than any other sub-Saharan Africa region. High livestock population is pressurizing the competition for grains between use as food or as livestock feed. The problem is further compounded by a lack of quality feed year-round, with major shortages during …

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SASHA Brief 2011: Sweetpotato Super Foods in Rwanda market chains that work for women and for the poor

Rwanda has the highest sweetpotato (SP) production per capita in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Its population is expected to double by 2020 as well as rate of urbanization. Urban consumers demand more processed, faster cooking foods than their rural counterparts. On other hand, SP is increasingly important food security crop in …

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SASHA Brief 2011: Integrating health and agriculture to maximize the nutritional impact of orange-fleshed 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). Most vulnerable are the young children and pregnant or lactating women. Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is an important source of energy and beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in the body. This brief is reporting on project …

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