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SPHI Brief 26: Scaling Up Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato Through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN)

Over the past 5 years, the Scaling Up Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) program has enabled more than 1.7 million farming households with children under 5 years of age in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Bangladesh to grow and consume Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) – over 40% above the …
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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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SPHI Brief 24: The Feed the Future Rwanda Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) for Income and Nutrition Activity

By the end of the third year, the project has directly reached 207,267 households with OFSP and other 144,105 households indirectly in partnership with the Government of Rwanda and other partners. Decentralized vine multipliers (DVMs) have sold vines worth US $411,529. Farmers have sold sweetpotato roots worth US $114,250. It …
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SPHI Brief 23: Scaling-Up Sweetpotato Through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) in Rwanda

At the time of the project phase out of field activities in June 2017, we had reached 103,529 direct household beneficiaries. At the same time our collaborating partners reached 20,236 indirect household (HHs) beneficiaries. During the threeyear project, we set up 39 Decentralized Vine Multipliers (DVMs) (46% male, 54% female) …
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SPHI Brief 22: Ugandan School Children Contributing to the Health of their Nation

In Uganda, between June 2015 and July 2018, the International Potato Center (CIP) worked with the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) in the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) to develop four supplementary readers with orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes as a major theme for primary school children. These were introduced successfully into …
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SPHI Brief 20: Monitoring Decentralized Vine Multipliers as One Part of Improving Planting Material Access

The Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) recognizes that to meet its target of reaching ten million households with improved varieties of sweetpotato by 2020, there is a need for a strong seed system that ensures multiplication and dissemination of good quality and virus-free vines to root producers. A …
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SPHI Brief 19: The DASHBOARD: Visual Monitoring of Progress Towards 10 Million Beneficiaries, Varieties Available, and Where to Get Vines

The Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) has already reached over 4.5 million beneficiaries with improved sweetpotato varieties in 15 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The dashboard launched in 2018 presents an online and interactive status update, disaggregated by country. The dashboard also shows the progress made towards the …
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SPHI Brief 18: Highly Interactive Data Analysis Platform (HIDAP): Advances in Collecting & Analyzing Breeding Data

Standardized information on the performance of progenies and selected clones across environments is necessary to assist breeders to efficiently make decisions about selection and variety release. For clonal crop breeders, the new HIDAP tools facilitates collecting and analysing breeding data on a platform that can work on-line or off-line.
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