Africa can shift to sweet potato amid wheat shortage

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The rapidly rising cost of wheat globally is a cue for African countries to shift attention to sweetpotato for their baking industry, says Jan Low, a principal scientist at the International Potato Centre. The Russia-Ukraine war has triggered a wave of disruption of food supplies across Africa and the continent now faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tonnes of food, especially wheat, maize and soybeans imported from both countries.