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Constraints and Breeding Priorities for Increased Sweetpotato Utilization in Ghana

Sweetpotato is used in various food preparations in place of rice, cassava, yam and plantain in Ghana. In spite of this it does not have the same importance in Ghanaian diet as other root and tuber crops. Consumer taste, preference and acceptance are critical in determining the suitability of sweetpotato cultivars to …
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Commitment to Mainstreaming Beta-Carotene (pro-Vitamin A) into National Program Breeding Efforts

At the recent 15th Annual Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders  Meeting, held in Nairobi 6-10 June 2016, discussions were held concerning which of the released varieties to date were being adopted most widely and why.  Breeders are selecting 100 “Best Bet” Sweetpotato varieties for sub-Saharan Africa that will be prioritized for maintaining core …

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Integrating genomics and molecular markers into sweetpotato breeding

Thirty Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders attended a workshop on the use of genomic and molecular tools in Nairobi’s ILRI campus. The workshop took place from 6th to 7th June, as a prelude to the 15th Sweetpotato Breeders and Genomics annual meeting.   The workshop was organized by the GT4SP project under the …

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Presentation 20: Consumer participation in Ghana’s sweetpotato breeding program: The consumer preference approach

Breeders in Ghana are faced with the challenge of getting consumers to adopt their varieties and even more so the orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP). This is as a result of idea that sweetpotato are generally too sweet. It is therefore important to ascertain whether new varieties meet consumers’ preference. Hence the …
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Biofortification, Crop Adoption, and Health Information: Impact Pathways in Mozambique and Uganda

Biofortification, breeding staple food crops to be dense sources of essential micronutrients, is fast emerging as a strategy to fight micronutrient malnutrition. Large-scale biofortification investments are being made in several developing countries, but until recently little rigorous evidence about the impact of these investments has been available. In this paper, …
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Report: Proceedings of the 6th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative SPHI) meeting, 2015

The 6th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative SPHI) meeting took place from 29 September and 1 October 2015 in Kigali Rwanda.  The theme of the 2015 meeting was ‘Together, 10 million by 2020’. This refers to the overall goal of the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative which …
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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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