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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 …
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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. …
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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 …
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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 …

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Presentation 12: Low-Cost Technologies for Value Addition of Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato by Smallholder Farmers in Western Kenya

Sweetpotato is an important drought-resistant crop grown in Western Kenya. It is mostly grown by small-scale farmers for subsistence although its commercialisation is beginning to gain importance. Significant progress has been made by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) and stakeholders to introduce superior yielding varieties including Orange …
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