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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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Report of the 17th Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders’ and Genomics Community of Practice Meeting: Introducing Next Generation Breeders’ tools and Understanding Winning Varieties

The 17th Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders and Genomics Community of Practice (CoP) annual meeting was held at Swiss Lenana Mount Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, from 5th to 8th June 2018; with the theme of ‘Introducing Next Generation Breeders’ Tools and Understanding Winning Varieties’. Fifty participants (14 of them female) from 14 countries attended …

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Topic 16: Empowering the youth through Agriculture: What role for sweetpotato (seed systems)?

On April 10 – May 10, 2018 the Sweetpotato Seed Systems and Crop Management Community of Practice (SSS-CoP) held an online discussion titled “Empowering the youth through Agriculture: What role for sweetpotato (seed systems)?”. The discussion sought ideas on what can be done to attract young people into agribusiness and …

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Topic 15: Potential use of barrier crops and isolation distances in QDS systems

Barrier crops and isolation distances are important factors in protecting crops against insects and diseases and are therefore important in sweetpotato quality declared seed (QDS) systems. For example, it is advisable, though not always possible, to try to separate new sweetpotato fields from recently harvested or existing fields, particularly in …

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Reaching Agents of Change Project: Successes, lessons and recommendations Ex-post evaluation report

The ex-post evaluation assessed the experiences, achievements and lessons from the Reaching Agents of Change (RAC) project in its three primary countries of operation, namely Mozambique, Tanzania and Nigeria. RAC was a collaborative project implemented between April 2011 and August 2015, and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. …

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Advocacy Strategy for Scaling Up Biofortified Crops for Nutrition Security in Tanzania 2016-2018

As part of BNFB’s implementation, a situation analysis was conducted to establish the baseline status of the key thematic components of the project. It also identified (1) the key actors, (2) the needs of the communities, (3) the bottlenecks to be addressed in order to unlock the value chains of …

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