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Tent-style greenhouse for multiplication of sweet potato vines and cuttings

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

Low-cost and easy-to-build greenhouse structures allow to multiply large amounts of healthy sweet potato vines and cuttings in time before the onset of the growing season. Tent-styled greenhouses combined with manual or drip irrigation enable to maintain optimal soil moisture, and the screen nets keep vines free of pests and diseases. Farmers can also use the greenhouses for retaining a …

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Puree Production and Products for Sweet Potato

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

Processing of sweet potato tubers into puree and its utilization for baked and fried products allows to make the food staple available all year round, and offers an avenue for commercialization and local business development. Orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) puree provides a cost-effective and healthy alternative to wheat flour as it can substitute 30-60% of the flour in a wide …

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Drought and Virus Tolerant Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

Cultivars of orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) from Sub-Saharan Africa have been identified and bred that are adapted to drought and heat stresses, and others that withstand infections by common viruses affecting the crop. A number of hybrid OFSP varieties were developed that reach harvest maturity within just 90 days and can escape the risk tuber filling is affected by shortened …

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Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato (High provitamin A)

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

A range of improved orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) varieties have been developed for African farming systems that possess locally important traits such as increased beta-carotene and iron content, virus and drought resistance, vine survival, high dry matter, low sugar, salinity tolerance, weevil resistance or avoidance, and early maturity. OFSP allows to improve the nutritional security of communities by enhancing intake …

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Cassava Business Connector (CBC)

  • Adebayo Abass
  • a.abass@cgiar.org

The cassava value chain is characterized by a communication gap between the value chain actors, leading to weak market linkage. Producers often do not know about the buyers, and the buyers do not know about the producers. Weak market linkage often creates an artificial gap in demand-supply and sometimes a glut effect. Resolving this problem requires efficient integration of value …

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Nuru for in-field Pest/Disease Diagnosis

  • David Hughes
  • dph14@psu.edu

PlantVillage Nuru is a smartphone app which uses artificial intelligence to deliver instant offline diagnosis of symptoms of major crop damage caused by diseases and pests. Its first application was for the cassava diseases/pests: cassava mosaic disease, cassava brown streak disease and cassava green mite. It can also be used to detect damage caused to maize by fall armyworm, and …

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Mechanized Drying of Cassava using Flash Dryers (Pneumatic Dryers)

  • Adebayo Abass
  • a.abass@cgiar.org

The most important unit operation in the processing of cassava roots to value-added products is drying. Dryers are used to convert cassava mash to floury/powdery products. Among the different dryers, flash dryers have the shortest residence time of drying, are the most economical and widely used drying system for solids that have been dewatered or inherently have low moisture content. …

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Mechanized Cassava Planting and Harvesting

  • Adebayo Abass
  • a.abass@cgiar.org

With yields as low as 10 t/ha, cassava farmers in Africa are not competitive in the global market. To be competitive, a minimum yield of 25 t/ha is expected. However, to get higher yields and greater economic benefits, improved management practices will be required. Mechanization of the cassava production system, the use of fertilizers, control of weeds, and the use …

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