SASHA for Sub-Saharan AfricaOctober 23, 2009
The project is part of a 10-year, multi-donor Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative, which seeks to reduce child malnutrition and improve small holder incomes and livelihoods through greater awareness, expanded market opportunities, and the diversified use of sweetpotato in Sub-Saharan Africa. Among the focus of the research include women farmer empowerment, promotion of orange-fleshed varieties that are rich in pro-vitamin A, development of a wide range of locally-adapted sweetpotato varieties that are resistant to drought and disease, and access to disease-free potato planting materials. The project also aims to establish three regional support programs, in Ghana, Uganda,and Mozambique that will promote sustainable local breeding skills and capacity.
View the CIP press release at http://www.cipotato.org/pressroom/press_releases_detail.asp?cod=67.
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