This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8040: Rapid multiplication and distribution
of sweet potato varieties with high yielding and B-carotene content.
Sweet potato growers in Uganda have gone from not having enough product
to eat, to wondering how best to market all the sweet potatoes they
harvest. Previously, vines for planting sweet potato crops were in
extremely short supply. Plus, sweet potato virus severely damaged
tubers. Now, farmer groups produce and market plenty of quality planting
material—varieties resistant to virus disease. The new sweet potatoes,
high in beta-carotene, also help reduce serious vitamin A deficiencies
which affect 30% of children and 50% of women. Quality sweet potatoes
for export fetch high prices. A new growers association is already
working to export the new varieties. The potential is huge and the
improved varieties have spread to D.R. Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (16 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP53, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 6.