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SASHA Brief 2016: Expanded and Sustained Uptake of the Accelerated Breeding Scheme (ABS) Approach

The most important constraints to sweetpotato production in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are shortage of high quality planting material and lack of improved OFSP varieties. The conventional breeding approach followed for decades by breeding programs starts with population development (generation of genetic variation through production of botanical seed) and ends with …

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SASHA Brief 2016: Breeding in Africa for Africa

Traditionally, sweetpotato breeding programs have taken a long time, 7 to 8 years, to produce a new variety. Moreover, as of 2008, most countries in Africa had no real breeding program and relied on testing materials developed elsewhere. This flyer explains the progress in breeding work between 2015 and 2016. …

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Presentation 03: Status of Sweetpotato in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): Progress Towards the SPHI Goal

A presentation about progress towards achieving the SPHI, which is a multi-partner, multi-donor initiative that seeks to reduce child malnutrition and improve smallholder incomes in 10 million African families by 2020 through the effective production and expanded use of sweetpotato. The goal is to be achieved through consumer awareness of sweetpotato …

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Sweetpotato Seed Systems in Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda

Surveys were made of the seed systems used in Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda and to investigate the reasons underlying them. Along the equator in Uganda, where rainy seasons are evenly spaced and occur twice a year, vine cuttings from mature plants only are used as planting material. Where there is a …

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Poster: Sweet Potato Sensory Evaluation

This poster reports on sensory evaluation for sweetpotato. Based upon the results the authors conclude that orange fleshed sweetpotato can be promoted in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as a nutritious and not a poor man’s crop as may have been perceived. Sweetpotatoes can also be used to combat …

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Poster: Screening cold tolerant dual purpose sweetpotato in Kenya

Sweetpotato is the third most important root crop in Sub-Saharan Africa. Scientist-farmer participatory evaluation for dual purpose targeting agricultural potential cold areas (1600 – 2100 meters above sea level (masl)) of selected 50 clones was done on-farm. Genotype and environment effect were significant. The evaluation and organoleptic test identified genotypes with …

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Orange sweetpotato Farm Radio Script

  This is a script interview with sweetpotato farmers in Uganda. The interview is based on recent researcher’s discovery of new crops friendly to farmers such as Orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP). OFSP is aimed to address problems that African agricultural system is facing such as climate change, pest and diseases, …

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