The Sweetpotato Production-Postharvest Use System in Vietnam: Participatory Needs and Opportunity Assessment
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A participatory needs assessment on root crops production-postharvest use systems was conducted in eight major root crop production provinces of Vietnam in 1998/99 as a collaborative effort of six Vietnamese institutions, International Potato Center, and UPWARD. Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas(L.) Lam) production data showed that the greatest opportunity for increased profitability from sweetpotato was in more effective and efficient use of existing technologies. That implied the development of farmer learning methods and mechanisms rather than technology development research. A follow-up workplan for the development and institutionalization of adapted integrated crop management (ICM) farmer field school (FFS) protocols for sweetpotato resulted from the study. Moreover, research and extension organizations committed themselves to implement the workplan. The participatory nature of the study has been instrumental in achieving the final output.
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