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Early Generation Seed Production – Can public sector institutions and NARIs shift to a business orientation?

George Momanyi emphasizes a point during the panel discussion (A. Ndayisenga)

During this year’s annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative meeting in Ethiopia, we held a panel discussion with senior managers of institutions engaged in sweetpotato pre-basic seed production participated in our panel discussion. Here are three fascinating insights I gained from George Momanyi from the Kenya Plant Health Inspection Service (KEPHIS) and Stella Ennin from Crop Research Institute (CRI) Kumasi, Ghana.

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SPHI Brief 2016: Scaling Up Sweetpotato Through Agriculture and Nutrition in Kenya

SUSTAIN is a 5-year partnership (2013-2018), coordinated by CIP and financed by the UK Department for International Development, to scale up the nutrition benefits of biofortified orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP). The goal is to reach 1.2 million households with under-5 year old children in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, and Rwanda. In Kenya, …

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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 …

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What seed marketing strategies work?

This question, which is particularly critical for vegetatively propagated crops like sweetpotato, was the subject of the 5th Consultation of the Seed Systems and Crop Management Community of Practice, which took place on May 10-12, 2016 in Arusha, Tanzania. The meeting was co-hosted by the SRI-Kibaha, Division of Research and …

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SASHA Brief 2013: Sweetpotato seed systems: A question of quantity and quality

Sweetpotato is a vegetatively propagated crop with short cropping cycle. In most cases each of the cropping cycle is started with planting cutting material, other than breeders who use true seeds. Normally, crop propagated vegetatively accumulate diseases resulting to adverse effects on yields. Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), most farmers source …

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SASHA Brief 2011: Sweetpotato seed systems: A question of quantity and quality

Sweetpotato (SP) is a vegetatively propagated crop grown with short cropping cycle. Each cropping cycle starts by planting cuttings. Most crops propagated vegetatively include SP accumulate diseases, such as viruses, through each successive generation. This can lead to significant declines in yield. Throughout SSA, most farmers source their planting material …

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Regional Technical Support Platform for East, West, Central and Southern Africa Third Consultation: The Business Case for Sweetpotato Seed Multiplication; Hotel Villa Portofino, Kigali Rwanda – April 28-29, 2015

The Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative is (SPHI) is a 10 year, multi donor initiative that seeks to reduce child malnutrition and improve smallholder incomes through the effective production and expanded use of sweetpotato. The SPHI is expected to improve the lives of 10 million households by 2020 in 17 target …

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