Sweetpotato Last News
Over 100 delegates are meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the eighth annual Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) technical meeting. The two-day (25-26 September) meeting brings together researchers, policy makers, private sector actors, farmers and non-governmental organizations working along various sweetpotato value chains in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
An OFSP platform for Nigeria has been established to catalyse OFSP scaling up efforts. The Building Nutritious Food Baskets Project Building Nutritious Food Baskets Project (BNFB) facilitated a formal platform launch event which took place at the De Meros Hotel and Suites, Lagos Nigeria on 20th July. Participants at the launch included representatives from Nigeria Agricultural Development Programs (ADPs), National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), NARIS, school feeding programme, processors, farmers and academic institutions.
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.
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.