CIP SSA newsletter Dec 2015


Sweetpotatoes deliver health and wealth to pregnant women in Kenya, Nigeria can reduce importation of wheat by 25 per cent, if farmers embrace OFSP, Tusky Supermarket selling orange fleshed sweetpotato bread, Tanzania cooks up a sweetpotato fix for its drought. Stay up to date with all things potato and sweetpotato at CIP in the news



Certified seed not the ‘silver bullet’ for potato disease in developing countries. Potato is the third most important food crop globally and over half of all production occurs in developing countries. However, the use of poor quality potato seed in these regions is significantly reducing yields and impacting the livelihoods of small-scale potato farmers and their families.  Read the full story here. Image: N. Palmer/CIAT



My name is Drocella Yankulije. I am an orange-fleshed sweetpoato farmer in Rwanda. I started farming orange-fleshed sweetpotato 2011. This is my story



Loveness Williams, Agness Malili, Margaret Tchale, Mary Chidanzi, Teleza Alinodi, Zelifa Kadza with the 6 cooked OFSP varieties in Malawi. A photo story about CIPs work in Malawi promoting OFSP. 




A picture is worth a thousand words

The CIP sub-Saharan Africa regional image database is a great way to see what CIP staff, field workers and partners are up to in the field. Take a moment to browse through the colourful albums including a recent visit to Decentralised Vine Multipliers in Western Kenya working with SUSTAIN Kenya; CIP staff hard at work at the Food & Nutritional Evaluation Laboratory (FANEL) located at the BeCA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi; Asheda celebrations of OFSP in Ethiopia and a collection of albums from the 6th Annual Sweetpotato for Profit & Health Initiative held in September in Kigali, Rwanda.


The International Potato Center has been working in Malawi since 2006 to improve nutrition and livelihoods through potato and sweetpotato. In this video Dr Barbara Wells, Director General of CIP and Honorable Dr Allan Chiyembekeza the Minister for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in Malawi reflect on 9 years of working together to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Malawi.



If you look up at the sky while visiting the quiet villages of Misungi District in Tanzania you might just see an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flying above you. Commonly known as a drone, UAV technology is being piloted with local farmers as an innovative way to gather information about their crops. Utilizing sweetpotato as a pilot crop, the International Potato Center (CIP), through a Remote Sensing project being implemented in Tanzania and Uganda is leading the efforts of developing cost effective methods that utilize UAV as a platform to collect data for agricultural statistics. Crop statistics are important tools for planning, policy making and timely intervention to address food security. Read two great articles about this work: Beyond Flying UAVs in smallholder farms: Crop discrimination solutions & Attack of the drones.

SPHI 2015 Winning ImagesCelebrating the winners of the 2015 6th Annual Technical Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative photo competition: Through the lens of a camera. Also take a moment to read this great article about Sweetpotato farming lessons in Rwanda published in the Daily Nation last month. 
New potato storage facilities help Ugandan farmers increase incomes. Potato is a critical source of income and food security in Uganda. However due to constraints, including the high perishability of the crop and limited storage facilities, farmers are faced with a short marketing window that impacts their income. Read more about how the RTB Endure project is supporting the construction of four ware potato ambient stores in Uganda and their potential for impact on farmers lives.
The social media team at CIP is always looking for new material to share with our online community. So next time you read an interesting article about potato breeding, come across a great sweetpotato recipe, or find a video about nutrition in East Africa – please let us know.  Join CIP on Facebook and Twitter to be part of our online conversation.



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