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Facts about Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato

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Quick facts on Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato presented to ILRI staff on 16 February 2017

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Facts about Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato

  1. 1. Sweetpotato Week at ILRI (13-17 February 2017) Facts about Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP)
  2. 2. Origin • Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) belongs to the morning-glory family. • Sweetpotato is a storage root, NOT a tuber. • Originated from Latin America. • China is the top sweetpotato producer. • Uganda is the top producer in Sub-Saharan Africa • A range of skin/ flesh color white, cream, yellow, orange, and deep purple
  3. 3. Importance of OFSP • Source of beta-carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A. • 125g of OFSP roots contain enough beta-carotene to provide the daily pro-vitamin A needs of a preschooler. • A valuable source of vitamins B, C, and E, and contain moderate levels of iron and zinc. • A healthy, cheap source of protein for use as animal feed.
  4. 4. ‘Let Food be Thy Medicine’: 2016 World Food Prize • CIP and Harvestplus set out to prove that the local people in Sub-Saharan Africa would accept biofortified OFSP into their diets, that vitamin A deficiency could be prevented by eating it, and that countries would adopt it. • Meet Drs. Maria Andrade, Jan Low and Robert Mwanga (2016 World Food Prize Laureates) during this week’s Friday Morning Coffee (FMC) – 17 Feb 2017
  5. 5. The International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIP) is a research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. CIP is dedicated to delivering sustainable science-based solutions to the pressing world issues of hunger, poverty, gender equity, climate change and the preservation of our Earth’s fragile biodiversity and natural resources. www.cipotato.org CIP is a member of CGIAR CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org

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