Preserving the sweet potato gene for posterity.

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Farmers produce 12m tons of sweet potatoes annually in Africa alone, where the vegetable is a staple food in Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

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To preserve highly productive and nutritious varieties for posterity, the Global Crop Diversity Trust is providing an ongoing grant to the International Potato Centre (CIP). CIP's extensive collection contains 80% of the world's sweet potato cultivars - more than 7,777 accessions. The grant, $1m over five years, will automatically renew every five years to ensure that this genetic resource is maintained, conserved...

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