Sweet potatoes help African growers overcome climate stress

Sweet Potato
Published Jun 22, 2023

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The cultivation and consumption of sweet potatoes affects millions of people in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA). African countries, especially in the ESA region (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi) have experienced droughts, floods and conflicts, especially in the past two years. These experiences have forced farmers to switch to more climate-resilient farming systems to adapt to their environment.

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Sweet potato is an important climate resilient food crop because it is a nutritious staple food that is accessible to rural communities. In addition, it is an early maturing, drought tolerant and high yielding crop. Paul Demo, Africa Director of the International Potato Center (CIP): “The International Potato Center sweet potato program has worked with partners in Africa to provide more than six million households with access to nutritious sweet potato varieties. refined agricultural and food marketing approaches and strengthened supply chains, and with the help of our partners, we have made a demonstrable difference in the lives of households in more than 12 countries in Africa, including countries in East Africa - Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania." The sweet potato offers farmers options to diversify from the dominant grain-based cropping systems, which are currently struggling due to persistent ...
Source: AGF
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