Through contract farming, about 160 tons of OFSP roots worth USD 22,400 were produced in 2018. Fresh orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) roots were introduced to both urban and local markets through traders’ orientation, free samples and cooking demonstrations . In 2018, farmers linked to the project supplied roots worth USD 11,760, …Read More »
2019 SASHA Brief 19. Strategies for storage of orange-fleshed sweetpotato in Sub-Saharan Africa to ensure supplies for processing: Lessons learnt and the way forward.
Two evaporatively cooled stores (Fig.1) with the capacity to each hold 5 tonnes of sweetpotato roots were constructed in Kenya, one run on mains power and the other on solar. Using the evaporative cooling system temperatures of 20-23°C were achieved and fresh sweetpotato storage trials kept 63-83 % of the …Read More »
2018-31-08 Roundtable Meeting Nairobi,Kenya- Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs) in Brief
2018-31-08 Roundtable Meeting Nairobi,Kenya- Kenya Crops & Dairy Market Systems -(The Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity (KCDMS))
SPHI Brief 25: Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato is Gradually Becoming a Commercial Crop in Western Kenya
As the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program completes the third and final year, strong linkages have been established between private buyers, processors, traders, commercial root farmers and decentralized vine multipliers (DVMs). The linkages developed by the program over the past 3 years have accelerated OFSP marketing, giving rise to …Read More »
SASHA Brief 06: Yield Impact of Sweetpotato Begomoviruses: Are They Significant?
We established the occurrence and distribution of begomoviruses in Kenya. Field survey was conducted in major sweetpotato growing regions (i.e., Western, Nyanza, Coast, and Eastern). A total of 896 samples were collected and tested by PCR to confirm begomoviruses. One hundred and sixty-seven (167) tested positive from the different regions. …Read More »
SASHA Brief 05: Making the Best Bets Accessible
Expected at the end of 2018, the best bet catalogue will present on the web and mobile based platforms a collection of the best performing sweetpotato varieties in Africa. In 2018, a collection of 98 varieties from 16 SSA countries has been grown in a field trial at Kiboko-KALRO, Kenya …Read More »
Does Information on Food Production Technology Affect Consumers’ Mental Models Relating to Biofortified Foods? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya
This study used a field experiment and the means-end chain approach to examine the effect of providing information on the biofortification process on consumers’ acceptance of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP). Negative, positive, and neutral information about the biofortification were verbally provided. Images were used to reinforce the verbal information. Meaning representation …Read More »
SGA progress review: presentation 4: KEPHIS Kenya
KEPHIS Kenya is one of the beneficiaries of financial support through Sub-Grant Agreements (SGAs) to develop models for sustainable production of sweetpotato pre-basic seed by December 2018. This is a presentation of the institutions progress towards this goal.Read More »