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Presentation 03: Status of Sweetpotato in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): Progress Towards the SPHI Goal

Jan Low made a presentation about progress towards achieving the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI), which is a multi-partner, multi-donor initiative that seeks to reduce child malnutrition and improve smallholder incomes in 10 million African families by 2020 through the effective production and expanded use of sweetpotato. This …

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Report: Proceedings of the 6th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative SPHI) meeting, 2015

The 6th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative SPHI) meeting took place from 29 September and 1 October 2015 in Kigali Rwanda.  The theme of the 2015 meeting was ‘Together, 10 million by 2020’. This refers to the overall goal of the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative which …

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SASHA Brief 2013: Integrating health and agriculture to maximize the nutritional impact of orange-!eshed sweetpotato: The Mama SASHA proof-of-concept project in Western Kenya

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) contributes to significant health problems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is an important source of energy and beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in the body. One medium-size sweetpotato provides enough to meet the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A for children 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: Addressing gender in SASHA

Women are at the center of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa growing 50-60% 0f food crops. Urban migration, which is predominantly male, increases pressures on women, making them an even more critical part of food production system. Women are the gatekeepers of household nutrition and health – making them the vital …

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SASHA Brief 2011: Benefits of weevil resistant sweetpotato varieties

Weevil is a major threat to sweetpotato, which plays a vital role in food security and income generation for both the urban and rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Weevils can devastate sweetpotato production, and even cause total crop loss. Weevil resistant varieties are the most sustainable solution to this …

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Evaluation and large-scale dissemination of orange-fleshed sweetpotato in Sub-Saharan Africa

orange-fleshed sweetpotato

Current breeding strategies for sweetpotato in sub Saharan Africa (SSA) emphasizes: breeding orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) with high dry matter content and resistance to sweetpotato virus disease (SPVD), pathogen clean up of promising cultivars for the large scale testing, multiplication and dissemination. Breeding new sweetpotato with high dry matter and high …

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