Nine consultations were held from April 2015 to May 2019, with participation from diverse actors in the seed system i.e. researchers from CIP and NARIs, NGOs implementing sweetpotato projects, regulators, seed producers and farmers. Participants say that the community of practice (CoP) is the best way to experience sharing, learn …Read More »
SASHA Brief 01. The sweetpotato breeding community of practice: Breeding in Africa for Africa (2009-2019).
• A vibrant community of practice consisting of sweetpotato breeders from 16 African countries has been strengthened during the past 10 years, adopting modern breeding methods and releasing user-preferred varieties having an impact on health and wealth. • Since 2009, sweetpotato breeders in 16 countries have released 143 varieties, with …Read More »
This brief describes the establishment and evolution of a sweetpotato seed systems community of practice (CoP) and aims to identify potential lessons which could enhance the learning in other communities of practice, in particular the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) cross-cutting cluster on Access to Quality …Read More »
SASHA Brief 2016: The Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Community of Practice embraces smartphones to support monitoring activities
Monitoring data must be accurate and processed in a timely manner to be useful to project management. While different disciplines have already provided a significant amount of evidence regarding the effectiveness of using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for data collection, most sweetpotato research work in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) continues …Read More »
SASHA Brief 2016: The Marketing, Processing and Utilization Community of Practice pursues strategies to increase adoption of orange-fleshed sweetpotato
Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP), rich in beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A, is particularly being promoted due to its potential to address vitamin A deficiency. While many OFSP varieties have been released, in many cases there was not a complementary effort to develop marketable products. Most sweetpotato in SSA is consumed …Read More »
SASHA Brief 2016: Seed Systems and Crop Management Community of Practice: Are Learning Journeys Useful?
The purpose of the Sweetpotato Seed Systems and Crop Management Community of Practice (SSCM-CoP) is to facilitate networking, exchange of experiences and learning to generate new knowledge about how to tackle crucial constraints in sweetpotato seed systems and crop management across sub-Saharan Africa. Peer-to-peer technical engagement has been increased through …Read More »
The Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) Community of Practice (CoP) held it’s annual meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, from 27 to 29 April 2016. In this presentation, the CoP leader presented an update of the progress of the CoP since its inception and first meeting in 2015.Read More »
Youth and gender inclusion theme takes center stage at the Marketing, Processing and Utilization Community of Practice annual meeting
The Marketing, Processing and Utilization Community of Practice held its annual meeting from 14th to 16th March 2016 at the Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Resort, Dar es Salaam. The theme of the meeting was, Rebranding OFSP for Health and Wealth. Thirty-six participants from the private sector, research institutions, universities …Read More »
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 …Read More »