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Report of new cultivar. ‘INIVIT B-27- 2017 ‘, new sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) lam.) cultivar biofortified rich in vitamin A

The tuberous roots of orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) contain significant amounts of β-carotene; approximately 90 % of the carotenoids in this roots are of this type. Currently there is a growing worldwide demand for this type of sweet potato, due to the effectiveness to counteract VAD. In Cuba in …

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Report of new cultivar. INIVIT B-50, new sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) cultivar for cuban agriculture

Currently, more than 95 % of the areas dedicated to sweet potato production in Cuba are planted with cultivars from the Genetic Improvement Program (PMG) of the Research Institute of Tropical Roots and Tubers Crops. However, none of these commercial cultivars, possess the characteristics for an adequate adaptation to the …

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Report: Sweetpotato Seed Systems and Crop Management Community of Practice Tenth Consultation. Partner Progress Review of Sustainable pre-basic Seed Production Sub-Grantee Agreements

The Sweetpotato Seed Systems and Crop Management Community of Practice (SS-CoP) tenth Consultation was held from 12-15 November 2018 at Pride Inn, Nairobi, Kenya. The planning and review meeting was attended by the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) project pre-basic seed (PBS) system sub-grantees. There were …

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Quality Diets for Better Health Formative Nutrition Report: Assessment of Infant and Young Child Feeding in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia

Infant and young child feeding in Ethiopia is sub-optimal, and is especially so in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), Ethiopia. The International Potato Center (CIP) and People in Need (PIN) are working with Emory University and local stakeholders to implement the Quality Diets for Better Health (QDBH) …

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Proceedings of the 9th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) Meeting

Over 100 people from fourteen countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), as well as the USA, UK, Germany and Peru, convened in Nairobi, Kenya on 24 September to 27 September 2018, for the 9th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) at the Concord Hotel in Parklands, Nairobi. The theme …

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Building nutritious Food Baskets: Review and Closeout Meeting Report

The BNFB final review and project close-out meeting was held between 14th – 16th August 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria (see Appendix 1 for the agenda). The objectives of the meeting were to; (a) review accomplishments over the three years; (b) discuss and document lessons learned and (c) consider strategies for …

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Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation CoP: Report of the Fourth Annual Meeting

The Monitoring, Leaning and Evaluation CoP meeting was held in Nairobi, on February 18, to assess progress made in using the MLE Manual since its launch and to discuss the successes and challenges encountered in using it for M&E data collection. Unlike previously, the 2018 meeting was held for only …

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Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative Status of Sweetpotato in Sub-Saharan Africa: September 2018

Significant progress was made in terms of beneficiaries reached with improved sweetpotato vines during this update period. More than 1 million direct and indirect beneficiaries were reached, with majority being in Tanzania and Uganda, countries where Farm Concern International has a large-scale dissemination and outreach program under its SeFaMaCo project. …

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The BecA-ILRI Hub Annual Report 2017 – Mentoring Women to Become Future Leaders in Science

Adero is a research assistant at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Uganda where she is part of the Genomic Tools for Sweet Potato Improvement Project team. Besides developing genomics and modern breeding tools, the project emphasizes capacity building and empowering research staff of national partners to carry …

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