Advancing Food and Nutrition Security and Quality of Life in Africa through SweetGains

Over the past decade, the International Potato Center (CIP) and partners in 16 African countries have delivered nutritious orange-fleshed sweetpotato to almost six million smallholder farming households. Through a combination of breeding, seed systems, farmer training and nutrition education, CIP-led interventions have improved the lives of over 25 million people—more than the population of Australia. CIP and 

CIP, RAB introduces new sweetpotato varieties to farmers in Rwanda

CIP, RAB introduces new sweetpotato varieties to farmers in Rwanda The International Potato Center (CIP) as a research institute operating in Rwanda has contributed immensely towards food security, fighting malnutrition and improving incomes of the small-holder farmers. In collaboration with the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), 5 new sweetpotato varieties have been 

World Food Prize Laureates Share Lessons on the Promotion of Nutritious Crops

Speaking at a World Food Prize breakout session called ‘Farmers, food and the future: vegetable seeds for a healthier world’, Low said, “I think we’re all learning the same lessons.” “The International Potato Center didn’t start to really make progress with orange-fleshed sweetpotato until we began breeding in Africa for Africa, because the African environment is 

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.