Orange sweet potatoes

| October 17, 2016

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Like this week’s story from Uganda, our Script of the week focuses on orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. The script is from a Resource Pack published in 2008, when orange sweet potatoes were relatively new.

Today, many African farmers are leaving agriculture to venture into other work, because of challenges such as climate change, pests and diseases, decreasing soil fertility, and price fluctuations.

But agricultural researchers have discovered new crops which are friendly to farmers. Among these is the orange sweet potato. Some farmers have started growing this crop and are getting good results. The orange sweet potato contains lots of vitamin A, which is vital for people’s health. Cakes and breads can be made with fresh orange sweet potato. Orange-fleshed sweet potato varieties grow more quickly than white or yellow sweet potatoes and have a comparable yield.