Idaho Governor Butch Otter and US Ambassador to Peru Brian A. Nichols led a delegation on a visit to The International Potato Center (CIP). A group of 14 visited CIP including Idaho First Lady Lori Jean Otter and members of Idaho’s top commodity farmers.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (Lima, Peru) – CIP’s Strategy and Corporate Plan for the next decade was announced today by CIP Director General Barbara Wells and the CIP Board of […]