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Tag Archives: Southern Africa

Sweetpotato report for Southern Africa 2014/2015

This report for sweetpotato progress in southern Africa which includes Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa is on the important constraints affecting sweetpotato in that region. This constraints are: Variable climate patterns: Irregular rainfall, drought, floods Drought stress= up to 25% crop loss & flood Susceptibility to diseases and …

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Sweetpotato Breeding at the Southern Africa Sweetpotato Support Platform (SSP)

 This presentation talks about Breeding and Germplasm Management in Southern Africa. Breeding: Generate drought resistance, OFSP that combine different quality characteristics with significant Improvements in yielding ability. Germplasm Management: Maintain good Quality material, Establish community based seed systems for good quality seed dissemination and develop & test strategies for the multiplication and …

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What to breed for Southern Africa

This is a presentation on what to breed for Southern Africa. It talks about four distinct market segments in the sub-region for which varieties are needed: Population of women and children with VAD in drought prone areas Freezing industry Crisp and biscuits production Sweetpotato puree and Juice

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Presentation: Phase 1 Achievements of the Sweetpotato Support Platform – Southern Africa

Sweetpotato breeding activities in Southern Africa aims at both breeding and germplasm management (GM). Through breeding, drought resistant Orange fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) with improved yielding abilities are targeted while GM aims good quality material maintenance, seed dissemination and developing multiplication strategies. This presentation highlights these observed achievements and  including include support …

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SASHA Brief 2014: Breeding for Drought Tolerance

The Southern Africa region susceptibility to climate variability and drought poses food insecurity threat to small scale farmers. The need for drought tolerant varieties has brought breeding trials for desired traits. This brief reports that breeding for drought-prone environments is truly challenging as adaption to drought can be achieved through …

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Sweetpotato Breeding for Southern Africa

  Southern Africa nations require SP varieties tolerant to drought, high β-Carotene level and good culinary qualities. This presentation reports an update of ongoing community breeding practices within Malawi, Zambia, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa. Accelerated breeding schemes (ABS) activities are being relied on for new breeding lines multiplications in …

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Review of Sweetpotato Seed Systems in East and Southern Africa

This working paper highlights the challenges and opportunities for producing sweetpotato planting material in Eastern and Southern Africa, where there is a huge potential for the crop to contribute to food and income security. Dissemination of intensive methods of conserving planting material using domestic waste water is recommended as a …

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Promotion of Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato to Enhance Dietary Vitamin A Intake: Lessons and Strategies in Eastern and Southern Africa

Vitamin A deficiency is a serious component of a serious and growing problem of malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly among children. The International Potato Centre (CIP) is working together with partner organizations in agriculture, nutrition, and health to fight vitamin A deficiency through the promotion of orange- fleshed sweetpotato varieties …

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