Vivian Atakos

Going to scale with orange-fleshed sweetpotato in Ghana

August 29, 2017 By Vivian Atakos

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

August 18, 2017 By Vivian Atakos

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.

Learning visit: Moving towards certified seed potato production in Kenya’s North Rift

August 15, 2017 By Vivian Atakos

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. 

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