CIP Newsletter – Abril 2015

Kofi and Nane Annan put Sweetpotato on the table to Improve the Lives of Ghanaian Children, Women and Small Farmers

Kumasi, Ghana— Mr. Kofi Annan and Mrs. Nane Annan met with The International Potato Center (CIP) and its partners to discuss the potential for orange fleshed sweetpotato to improve the health of women and children in Ghana and enhance livelihoods of small farmers…

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Scaling up Sweetpotato through Agriculture & Nutrition

An enthusiastic group of 45 people gathered together on March 10th to officially launch the Scaling up Sweetpotato through Agriculture and Nutrition (SUSTAIN) project in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali. Bio-fortified, vitamin A rich Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) varieties are an effective tool for reducing vitamin A deficiency (VAD) among children under five years of age, the group most at risk of VAD and bolstering livelihoods in Rwanda. VAD can lead to increased susceptibility to infections and blindness.

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CIP founder Dr. Richard L. Sawyer passes away

The International Potato Center (CIP) mourns the passing of Dr. Richard L. Sawyer, founder of CIP and its first Director-General. Dr. Sawyer passed away on March 9 in Raleigh, North Carolina, in his native USA.

“Dr. Sawyer’s legacy is enormous. His project to begin a potato research for development institute in the potato’s center of diversity was visionary and this work has led to improved nutrition, health, and livelihood for millions of rural poor in Latin America, Africa, and Asia,”…

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Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize

David Ramirez and Jan Low were on the list of nominees for the 2015 Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize, which is awarded by the Agropolis Foundation. David was nominated in the “Young Promising Scientist” category and Jan Low in the “Distinguished Scientist” category. Congratulations, David and Jan!

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