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Tag Archives: Drought

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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SPHI Brief 32: Emergency Response with Potato and Sweetpotato Among Drought-Affected Farmers in SNNPR, Ethiopia

The Emergency potato and sweetpotato seed support enabled farmers in the Southern Nations Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) to restore the varieties they lost to a severe drought in 2015/2017, and improve household food and nutrition security. From June 2016 to June 2018, 13,000 direct benefi ciary farmers and over …

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Adapting sweetpotato production to changing climate in Mozambique

Vines are the major source of planting material in sweetpotato. Extended dry spells hinder conservation of vines and in turn affect the availability of planting material at the onset of rains in southern Africa. In some cases, improved sweetpotato germplasm has been lost by smallholder farmers in Mozambique due to …

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Drought effects on root and tuber production: A meta-analysis

Roots and tubers such as potatoes and cassava rank within the top six among the world’s most important food crops, yet the extent to which their global production has been adversely affected by drought remains unclear. Greater uncertainties exist on how drought effects co-vary with: (1) root and tuber species, …

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One storm can change everything

Everybody knows that agriculture heavily relies on weather and that a single storm can change the entire growing season. Drought can be devastating. This year’s drought has been a particularly severe one. That, my friends, is why farmers complain so much about the weather! As we get close to the …

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