For many of us, deserts represent dry wastelands where almost nothing can take root, let alone grow and flourish. But for the last three years, Dr. Hari Krishna has been growing sweetpotato in the desert in Abu Dhabi, with considerable success.
The 16th Sweetpotato SpeedBreeders and Genomics Community of Practice (CoP) meeting has opened in Grand Legacy Hotel in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. The theme of the meeting is “Integrating modern genomics tools with traditional approaches.”
The words, “Hail Regina Kapinga, Queen of the RTB,” rang out at the announcement of her ‘Appreciation award for outstanding leadership and contribution to the development of Root and Tuber crops in Africa.’ The award ceremony was held on 10 March 2017 at a dinner and cultural night, to officially close the International Symposium for the International Society for Tropical Root Crops- Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB), held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 6-10 March.
An intricate network moves sweetpotato planting material from the research station to the farm in Mozambique
Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is recognized by the Government of Mozambique as one of the most important crops for mitigating food insecurity and malnutrition among its 28 million people. In Niassa […]
The theme of this year’s meeting is ‘Together, 10 million by 2020’. This refers to the overall goal of the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative which is to reduce malnutrition and increase incomes among at least 10 million sub-Saharan African households through improved varieties of sweetpotato and their diversified use by 2020.
Scaling-up utilization of the orange-fleshed sweetpotato: Practitioners discuss how to overcome the obstacles
In spite of the proven positive economic and nutritional attributes of the orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) in sub-Saharan Africa, its uptake in industrial scale food production still remains low.
Community of Practice meets to discuss how to increase Sweetpotato Products in the African Market and Improve Nutrition
Nairobi, Kenya: 21 May 2015 – Previously relegated to the plates of rural dwellers, sweetpotatoes have slowly but surely penetrated the urban market, thanks to efforts to commercialize sweetpotato products. Driving the action behind the greater supply and diversity of sweetpotato products is a group of researchers and practitioners, who met on 20 and 21 May 2015 in Qaribu Inn in Nairobi to discuss how to scale up marketing, processing and utilization of vitamin-A rich sweetpotato varieties.