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Imazapyr resistant maize for Striga management (IR maize)

  • Jonga Munyaradzi
  • j.munyaradzi@aatf-africa.org

Commercial seed manufacturers are marketing improved maize varieties that are modified to be resistant against imazapyr, a herbicide protecting the crop against parasitic Striga weeds. IR maize lines have been developed for many areas in Sub-Saharan Africa where production is severely affected by the pest that feeds of nutrients and water from the crop. Using IR maize seed coated in …

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Purple-fleshed sweet potato (high in antioxidants)

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

Sweet potatoes with a purple colored flesh have been introduced from Hawaii and Japan into African farming systems and markets over the past decade. In compared to white or yellow sweet potatoes the purple-fleshed types have two to three times more antioxidant activity that boost the body’s growth, immune system and brain activity. Eating purple-fleshed sweet potato (PFSP) is improving …

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Specialty blended fertilizers for root and tuber crops

  • Paul Woomer
  • plwoomer@gmail.com

Mixes of common inorganic fertilizers have been specifically developed for tuber and root crops like sweet potato and cassava that create balanced availability of nutrients for the crop to grow fast and produce large tubers. These kind of fertilizers supply elements like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulfur that are insufficiently available in soils across many landscapes and farmer fields of …

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Relay intercropping of sweet potato with legumes

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

Cultivating sweet potato alongside with legumes on the same piece of land offers multiple advantages as compared to when the two crops are grown separately in monocrop cultures. The mixing of sweet potato and legumes gives rise to increased yields and total harvests for farmers because of it allows to make better use of land, nutrient and water resources, improve …

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Silage production from sweet potato vines and tubers

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

Processing leftover vines and small/twisted tubers of sweet potato into silage provides a high quality fodder for all class of ruminants and pigs, and helps to avoid that these resources perish under moist and hot conditions and to bridge persistent or intermittent gaps in fodder availability for farmers. The fermentation of feedstocks that takes places is enhancing their digestibility and …

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Raised beds for sweet potato production and weed management

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

Growing sweet potato on soil beds that are raised above the surface has demonstrated to enhance tuber yields and lessen weed encroachment of the crop in many farming system across Sub-Saharan Africa. Raised beds are made of loosened soil that create the right bulk density and moisture conditions needed for sweet potatoes, especially benefiting the survival of cuttings and vines …

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Community-based multiplication of sweet potato vines and cuttings

  • Paul Demo
  • p.demo@cgiar.org

The availability, access and quality of life sweet potato planting material in rural communities can be enhanced by organizing community-based multiplication of vines and cuttings at medium to large scale. Strong linkages between multipliers and sellers formed under this strategy are further giving rise to more reliable and cost-effective supply of vines and cuttings to farmers. Improving the multiplication of …

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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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