Orange sweet potatoes

    | March 17, 2013

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    Sweet potatoes are a staple crop in much of sub-Saharan Africa. As this week’s story relates, they are even making a comeback in countries such as Congo-Brazzaville. Over the last several years, crop breeders, working with nutritionists, have bred a new kind of sweet potato: the orange sweet potato.

    Unlike white-fleshed sweet potatoes, the orange sweet potato contains lots of vitamin A. This vitamin is vital for people’s health, especially for children and pregnant women. Our script of the week shows how some Ugandan farmers successfully grow the new orange sweet potato. The orange sweet potato can be made into cakes, breads, and other products. It grows more quickly than other sweet potatoes and has a comparable yield.