Alliance for Science – New potato variety could be a game-changed for farmers in East Africa

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An article from Alliance for Science with details on the new 3R Victoria potato variety. Imagine being a potato farmer in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda or Nigeria. On a small piece of land, which you depend on for food and income, you have spent months planting, weeding and watering. Up to twice a week, you manually spray your field, sometimes with …

The Potato Crop – Its Agricultural, Nutritional and Social Contribution to Humankind

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A textbook covering all aspects of potato history, cultivation, and nutritional value. As the wise and old saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”; it also takes a large number of authors to develop a book like this one. Over sixty to be more pre- cise, coincidentally close to the nearly 50 years of the International Potato …

Understanding farmer needs and unlocking local genetic resources for potato improvement: a case study in Ethiopia

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A research paper and case study looking at important potato varieties in Ethiopia. Understanding farmers’ needs and local genetic resources are crucial steps to improve and conserve the potato crop. A study was conducted to understand what potato traits Ethiopian farmers consider most important, and to characterize the diversity and distribution of local varieties. Growers from six districts were surveyed …

Looking backward to find a path forward for the sustainable flow of suitable potato varieties to Eritrean potato farmers

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A paper from the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability examining the history of potato variety introductions to identify weaknesses, a path forward and enable the sustainable flow of suitable potato varieties to potato farmers in Eritrea. The lack of a sustainable flow of suitable potato varieties is a major contributing factor to low productivity and production of potato in Eritrea. …