Stories and updates from the people and projects of CIP Sub-Saharan Africa – Newsletter Vol. 4, June 2015
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Magic Mash – Reducing child malnutrition with sweetpotatoes
Creating wealth with seed potatoes in Ethiopia
“Most of our income is from potato – potato kick-started everything here. With the money we earned from potato, we invested in other enterprises and crops. There was very little in the way of cash crops before (this) project”. (Gumer Burdena Dember)
In Ethiopia the lives of potato farmers have been transformed through a Common Funds for Commodities-funded, CIP-implemented project (2008-13) to improve the wealth and livelihoods of potato producers. The project resulted in a wide range of positive livelihood changes for participating farmers, including increased availability of high quality seed potato at affordable prices, and improved yields food security, and market linkages – all leading to increased income. Read the full press release here.
CIP signs MOU with University of Nairobi
CIP has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Nairobi (UoN) that will establish academic relations between the two. As per the agreement, the collaboration will among other things, promote joint research activities, publications, source for research funding and provide internships and job opportunities for students. In addition the cooperation agreement will see the two institutions conduct breeding work and potato trials at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science (CAVS) fields and engage staff and students in building research through exchange programs and short courses. Read the full article here.
The Sweetpotato Transformation!
The March edition of the popular Hortinews Magazine is focused on all things Sweetpotato! Titled ‘The Sweetpotato Transformation’ the edition incorporates articles and material from a wide range of research centers, ngo’s and private sector companies working with sweetpotato in sub-Saharan Africa. Read the full article here.
Tanzania edges closer to approving seed standards for Sweetpotato, Potato & Cassava
A Quality Declared Planting Material certification process in Tanzania will ensure seed producers are giving farmers quality planting materials and contribute to improved food security and poverty reduction. Read the full article here.
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