Innovative solutions to post-harvest losses: My reflections from the 11th Triennial African Potato Association Conference

Potatoes and sweet potatoes (Roots and tubers) are more perishable than grains; this is related to their higher moisture content and it affects the most rural farmers in developing countries. Having grown up in a community where potatoes and sweet potatoes are among the key source of family cash income. I further learnt from the 


The government of the United Kingdom has long supported efforts to reduce micronutrient malnutrition by helping vulnerable populations in Africa and Asia grow and eat nutritious crops. Between 2013 and 2019, UK Aid funding allowed the International Potato Center (CIP) and partners to deliver pro-vitamin A-rich, orange-fleshed sweetpotato varieties to more than 2.3 million families in five 

YPARD and YEAN Rwanda Young Social Media Reporters at the 2019 APA Conference

Social media has grown tremendously in the last few years and it has enabled the spreading of information to a wider public. Now a powerful tool connects communities regardless of the location. The Young Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN) and Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) have together accumulated experience in managing and coordinating different 


Rwanda has made good progress on improving its agricultural production in recent years, and the International Potato Center (CIP) has contributed to this through its promotion of orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) and, more recently, potato varieties. Yet poverty and malnutrition persist in many rural areas, where farmers not only need improved varieties and quality planting material 

Sweet potato flour offers new prospects for agro-industry

Processing sweet potato into flour has proven to be one of the means to diversify bakery products, prevent post-harvest losses and provide farmers with a ready market for their produce, players in the potato value chain have said. They were speaking on Monday, during the 11th African Potato Association (APA) conference being held in Kigali. 

Agricultural Economist, Dr. Kirimi Sindi laments shortage of researchers in improvement of Agriculture in SSA

Agriculture in Africa is largely dependent on weather conditions and diseases which greatly affect productivity. While research is critical to addressing this, it’s not done effectively due to various reasons

How innovation & technology can help end hunger in Africa

Africa has set an ambitious target of halving poverty and ending hunger by 2025. To share insights into how the continent can capitalise on science to achieve this, food Scientist and co-winner of the 2016 World Food Prize, Maria Isabel Andrade, joins CNBC Africa for more.

21st Triennial Conference of the European Association for the Potato Research (EAPR)

The European Association for the Potato Research(EAPR) is hosting the 21st Triennial Conference  in Warsaw, the capital of Poland and a city of rich history, culture and science. The Conference will be organized in Hilton Warsaw Hotel And Convention Centre, in the very heart of the city, with an excellent access to all means of 

Rwanda to host the 11th African Potato Association Triennial Conference

The Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Rwanda Agricultural and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) and the International Potato Center (CIP) will cohost the 11th triennial African Potato Association (APA) conference in Kigali, Rwanda.  The conference will run from 25th to 29th August 2019 at the Kigali Marriott Hotel. The first day (25th August) will include 

Scientists find Secret in Sweetpotato, Eat them or Miss out.

You may have shovelled down those sweet potatoes on your plate. Others have never allowed sweet potatoes on their plate. It is a common phenomenon that sweet potatoes are traditionally considered food for low income earners on the lowest position of the social status ladder. That is an absurdity, according to food scientists. They argue