Joel Ranck

Robert Mwanga, the Sweetpotato Pioneer

June 17, 2014 By Joel Ranck

Robert Mwanga is a soft spoken scientist whose achievements over more than three decades have brought the benefits of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) to his native Uganda as well as several other countries in the region. In Uganda, sweetpotato is part of the rural and urban table. However, prior to Robert’s work in the 1980s only the white-fleshed varieties of sweetpotato were eaten and the Ugandan Government had prioritized other crops ahead of sweetpotato to the potential detriment of Vitamin A-deficient Ugandans.

Uganda: Sweetpotato Paradise

June 10, 2014 By Joel Ranck

The story of Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) and its role in combating vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and malnutrition has been well told in agricultural and nutrition circles. In those stories, the most common stumbling block is obtaining consumer acceptance of the orange variety over its white fleshed relative. This has not been the case in Uganda, where OFSP has long been appreciated by consumers and is widely available in markets throughout the country.

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