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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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Breeding Superior Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato Cultivars for West Africa

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is of public health significance in the developing world. In spite of extensive promotion of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) varieties (OFSPs), they are poorly utilized in Ghana because of their low dry matter and high sugar content. The objective of this study was to develop farmer- and consumer-preferred betacarotene-rich varieties to …

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Current Status and Future Direction for Research on Agricultural Biotechnology in Ghana

Biotechnology and related fields of science have over the years been used extensively to revolutionize agriculture and crop production. Although Genetic Engineering (GE)  technology has rapidly progressed worldwide and several initiatives on the broadening of biotechnology research and outreach exist in Africa, GE is yet to be applied in crop …

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About The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) initiated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries is part of the implementation of the agricultural sector of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). WAAPP aims to support regional cooperation in West Africa agriculture that reflects the action plans …

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Poster: Sand storage – an innovation to extend the shelf-life of fresh sweetpotato for home consumption and market sales finding from Ghana and Malawi

African farmers have developed a range of practices in an effort to store sweetpotato roots and extend shelf-life. These include storage in soil, grass or ash, storage in pits, leaving roots in the ground and harvesting piecemeal as required, or processed into sun-dried chips. β-carotene, an important source of dietary vitamin …

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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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