Sweetpotatoes deliver health and wealth to pregnant women in Kenya, Nigeria can reduce importation of wheat by 25 per cent, if farmers embrace OFSP, Tusky Supermarket selling orange fleshed sweetpotato bread, Tanzania cooks up a sweetpotato fix for its drought. Stay up to date with all things potato and sweetpotato at CIP in the news.
Certified seed not the ‘silver bullet’ for potato disease in developing countries. Potato is the third most important food crop globally and over half of all production occurs in developing countries. However, the use of poor quality potato seed in these regions is significantly reducing yields and impacting the livelihoods of small-scale potato farmers and their families. Read the full story here. Image: N. Palmer/CIAT
My name is Drocella Yankulije. I am an orange-fleshed sweetpoato farmer in Rwanda. I started farming orange-fleshed sweetpotato 2011. This is my story.
Loveness Williams, Agness Malili, Margaret Tchale, Mary Chidanzi, Teleza Alinodi, Zelifa Kadza with the 6 cooked OFSP varieties in Malawi. A photo story about CIPs work in Malawi promoting OFSP.
A picture is worth a thousand words
The International Potato Center has been working in Malawi since 2006 to improve nutrition and livelihoods through potato and sweetpotato. In this video Dr Barbara Wells, Director General of CIP and Honorable Dr Allan Chiyembekeza the Minister for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in Malawi reflect on 9 years of working together to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Malawi.
If you look up at the sky while visiting the quiet villages of Misungi District in Tanzania you might just see an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flying above you. Commonly known as a drone, UAV technology is being piloted with local farmers as an innovative way to gather information about their crops. Utilizing sweetpotato as a pilot crop, the International Potato Center (CIP), through a Remote Sensing project being implemented in Tanzania and Uganda is leading the efforts of developing cost effective methods that utilize UAV as a platform to collect data for agricultural statistics. Crop statistics are important tools for planning, policy making and timely intervention to address food security. Read two great articles about this work: Beyond Flying UAVs in smallholder farms: Crop discrimination solutions & Attack of the drones.
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