International Potato Center (CIP) Director General Dr. Barbara Wells recently paid a courtesy call to former UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan and his wife Mrs. Nane Annan at their home in Accra, Ghana. The meeting, held on August 1, aimed to introduce Dr. Tom van Mourik, CIP Country Manager for Ghana and Project Manager for a new orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) project—Orange: Healthy Gold for Ghana. They also deliberated on fundraising opportunities for going to scale with OFSP through the new project.
Diversified nutrition education approaches lead to increased Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato adoption and healthy diets
In Webuye East sub county, Bungoma County in Kenya, 30-year-old Teresa Nekesa ushers us into her house with a smile, her two young children in tow. Her other two children are attending a nearby school. She informs us the youngest just turned a year old. We are impressed. He is noticeably a healthy boy.
“Most of his agemates in the village are distinctively smaller. Many women ask me what I feed my children so they appear healthy”, says Teresa.
Decentralised seed potato multipliers and county officers in Kenya’s North Rift —part of Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project—undertook an educational tour aimed at showcasing procedures and practises for producing certified seed. The tour, organised by AVCD-Potato project funded by USAID, took place from 5th to 7th July 2017.
Dr. Maria Isabel Andrade, International Potato Center (CIP) Senior Sweetpotato Breeder, and 2016 World Food Prize co-winner has been awarded the M.S. Swaminathan Award for Environment Protection. The award is a recognition of her seminal role played as a development economist and agricultural development expert over three decades of work.
Five International Potato Center (CIP) early career researchers have been named finalists in the 2017 CGIAR Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship Program. Find out more…
Summary of media reporting about Jumpstarting Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato through diversified markets project based on media visit to Osun state Nigeria on May 17.
The 2016 edition of the McKnight Foundation profiles the International Potato Center sweetpotato breeder Robert Mwanga. Based in Uganda “Robert Mwanga has spent a career converting the […]
Oshogbo, Nigeria— The inclusion of Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) in wheat bread and school meals is boosting the nutritional status of children and could help Nigeria to reduce its imports […]
On May 8, 2017, the province of Nampula, northern Mozambique, hosted the official launching ceremony of the expansion phase of the Viable Sweetpotato Technologies in Africa (VISTA) Mozambique project […]
In pictures: moving disease free orange-fleshed sweetpotato planting material into farmers’ fields in Zambia
View original photostory post by Jonathan Odhong (IITA) here. Orange-fleshed sweetpotato is fast becoming a major source of income for majority of farmers who have specialized as decentralized vine […]