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Putri Erna Abidin

Putri Erna Abidin
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Dr. Putri Erna Abidin

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Introduction
Putri Erna Abidin is an Agricultural Systems & Nutritional Advocacy Specialist: plant breeding/genetics; agronomy; seed systems, value chains & marketing strategies; applied research for a change & scaling; nutrition, education & adult training specialty. She has working experiences at various industries, i.e. Universities (IPB, K-State Univ, WUR, Arapai Agric College), Ministry of Agriculture (Indonesia), CGIAR-CIP (SSA), Seminis Seed company (NL), child-care at lunch for primary school (NL).
Additional affiliations
September 2014 - December 2018
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
Position
  • Project Manager
Description
  • Led 2 donor-funded projects, R4D and action research: (1) B&MGF project in West Africa (Apr 2014 - May 17); (2) USAID-OFDA funded project for scaling in Ghana and Burkina Faso (Jul 2017 - Dec 18).
March 2010 - September 2014
International Potato Center (CIP)
Position
  • Project Manager
Description
  • (1) Irish Aid funded project (March 2010 - Sep 2014): ‘Rooting out Hunger in Malawi with Nutritious Orange-fleshed sweetpotato’ (2) USAID-OFDA funded project (Oct 2013-May 2014): ‘Long-term sweetpotato storage in adverse climates’. There two countries involved, Ghana and Malawi but I focused on Malawi for implementation and was involved in writing up the report to donor from both Ghana and Malawi
January 2009 - February 2010
Kansas State University
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Research on organic vegetable and small fruit garden, open field versus high tunnel on production year-round, winter, spring, summer and autumn, market opportunity for exotic crops, like hairy melon, sweetpotato, turnips, etc.
Education
January 2020 - November 2020
January 2020 - November 2020

Publications

Publications (97)
Conference Paper
Sweetpotato was a relatively minor root crop in Ghana. Since 2010, in partnership with NARES and building on their previous efforts, the International Potato Center implemented a number of projects which sought to strengthen and promote sweetpotato (particularly OFSP) in Ghana, using a multi-partner approach. The Sweetpotato Action for Security and...
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Promoting the consumption of locally available food crops such as orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) that are rich in beta carotene, a precursor for vitamin A, has been shown to be a highly effective means of fighting against vitamin A deficiency at the community level when combined with nutrition education. After a three-year intervention promoting...
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Children’s diets can have major implications for a wide range of diseases and their development outcomes. In Africa, micronutrient deficiency remains a major challenge and affects the health and development of vulnerable populations, especially children. A major effort to combat micronutrient deficiency has targeted biofortification of staple foods...
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Tricot (triadic comparisons of technologies) is a citizen science approach for testing technology options in their use environments, which is being applied to on-farm testing of crop varieties. Over the last years, important progress has been made on the tricot methodology of which an overview is given. Trial dimensions depend on several factors bu...
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Despite sustained economic growth and reduction in some of forms of malnutrition, Ghana still faces a national prevalence rate of 20.8% vitamin A deficiency (VAD) among for children 6–59 months old. Orange-fleshed sweetpotato ( Ipomoea batatas L.) (OFSP) can significantly improve vitamin A intake and contribute toward reducing VAD, especially in No...
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Commonly used innovation adoption models indirectly assume homogenous information flow across farmers, which is often not the case. For new and or not widely known technologies, such as orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) varieties, exposure plays an important role in farmers’ decision to adopt. OFSP varieties have been shown to be highly effective m...
Experiment Findings
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Goal To effectively evaluate and disseminate information on production and storage of sweetpotato in northern Ghana and Burkina Faso to serve for home consumption, commercial sales, and as a source of planting material.
Experiment Findings
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Goal To effectively evaluate and disseminate information on production and storage of sweetpotato in northern Ghana and Burkina Faso to serve for home consumption, commercial sales, and as a source of planting material.
Experiment Findings
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In this document, we analysed the costs of sand storage technique at the household level.
Technical Report
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Mobile: +233 555 009 189 Cover Photo: Farmers and CIP staff evaluating cooking quality of OFSP storage roots after 4 months in sand storage, Navrongo, Upper East Region, Ghana. Photographer: Erna Abidin The strategy of encouraging collaboration between farmer groups from different communities has proven to be even more effective than we had anticip...
Research
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Mobile: +233 555 009 189 Cover Photo: Farmers and CIP staff evaluating cooking quality of OFSP storage roots after 4 months in sand storage, Navrongo, Upper East Region, Ghana. Photographer: Erna Abidin The strategy of encouraging collaboration between farmer groups from different communities has proven to be even more effective than we had anticip...
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This presentation aims at helping farmers who can't read (illaterate) but want to improve their practices by seeing the pictures.
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This study estimated the amount of loss in storage roots caused by various levels of damage caused by sweetpotato weevils (Cylas spp). Seven varieties of sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L. (Lam)) were evaluated in three production sites in northern Ghana for two years (2014 and 2015). Yield data for each experimental plot were collected. A regression...
Poster
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This poster described some findings from a series of research projects on sand storage technology for sweetpotato roots, as the root has a short-life, 2-3 weeks in drought-prone areas, such as Ghana and its surrounding. The results showed n Ghana, roots could be stored at least for 4 months, the agricultural losses were 21% per unit number of roots...
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There is a need for suitable “seed” systems that assure planting material access when farmers need to plant, to maximize yields. Farmers can also benefit from improved storage systems for table stocks, ideally up to the next harvest season. Using the sand storage technique, vine producers generated income from vine sales and farmers had improved f...
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OFSP significantly contributes to combat VAD in SSA. Erratic rainfalls, poor soil fertility, virus diseases, weevil incidence, animal destruction are big problems, particularly in drought-prone areas. It can disrupt crop production. Seed systems are needed to supply sweetpotato planting material in-time, so farmers can plant and harvest this crop e...
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Based on qualitative research conducted in Chikwawa and Phalombe in Malawi, this article discusses how gender relations shape men and women’s access to and participation in agricultural training. It also examines how men and women justify or challenge gender inequalities in relation to access to agricultural information and knowledge. Data on gende...
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Malnutrition, particularly vitamin A deficiency, is a major public health problem in many developing countries. This study investigated whether priming or self-generation of goals, or whether attention to instrumental or experiential goals together with use of a reminder condition or not, promotes dietary behaviour intentions and change. A set of 5...
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This paper adopts a feminist approach to analyse how processes of scaling up of technologies to promote adoption can reinforce or reduce gender inequalities. It focuses on sweetpotato vine multiplication in Phalombe and Chikwawa districts in Malawi, and uses data from focus group discussions and individual interviews with men and women farmers and...
Method
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During the dry season in the tropics, sweetpotato storage roots naturally remain dormant in the dry soil, and sprout when the rains come. This natural tendency of sweetpotato to remain dormant in dry soil has been exploited to produce planting material through the so-called “Triple-S” method: storage in sand and sprouting. From 2013 to 2015, we con...
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Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) was not an important crop in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, West Africa, in the past decades. An effort has been made to reposition the sweet potato crop in West Africa. Orange-Fleshed Sweet potato (OFSP) cultivar was used as an entry point while properly designing a market-driven approach in the research project...
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This document describes how scaling readiness to evaluate the USAID-OFDA sand storage innovation package. We are based on four assumptions, and in this document, we emphasised on the 4th assumption with the envisaged change process in scaling out of Triple S (-'storage in sand and sprouting' for vine production) and Double S ('storage in sand' for...
Poster
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The implementation of a one-year USAID-OFDA sand storage scaling project was based on theories of change and scaling. This presentation has given detailed guidance on how to manage this project to achieve its accomplishment.
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Commercialization of sweetpotato vines is persistent if multipliers show evidence of superiority of their vines. This study aimed at evaluating the effects of net tunnel source and of pathogen-tested planting material compared to “apparently” healthy vines on yield and health status at three defined environments in Northern Ghana during the rainy s...
Presentation
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This presentation is meant to promote the work on orange-fleshed sweetpotato in West Africa, and particularly in Ghana. Through diversified markets, the planting material can be valued; it benefits resource-poor farmers to generate income (poverty alleviation), improved nutrition of vulnerable people including people living with HIV and AIDS, and f...
Conference Paper
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A uni-modal rainfall pattern causes a fairly short harvest season, where the sweetpotato is abundant and cheap in the markets, followed by a long dry season during which the sweetpotato is scarce and if it is there it will be extremely expensive. Generally, the crop is consumed, processed, or sold shortly after harvest. In Malawi, ambient temperatu...
Conference Paper
Malawi is a land locked country with limited availability of agriculture land. It is one the poorest countries in the world, of which one fourth of Malawians were “ultra-poor” having an income below the estimated cost of food providing the minimum daily recommended calorie intake. Intercropping practices are commonly used by farmers in developing c...
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This book is based on papers presented at the Ninth Triennial African Potato Association Conference, Naivasha, Kenya, 30 June-4 July 2013.The book focuses on the policies for germplasm exchange, food security and trade in Africa, seed systems, breeding and disease management and postharvest management, processing technologies and marketing systems...
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The project “Rooting out Hunger in Malawi with Nutritious Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP)” was launched in October 2009 for the benefit of women and children in the country. This 4.5-year effort targets 70,000 households to improve vitamin A and energy intake using improved sweetpotato varieties. It also seeks to boost yields by 50% and improve i...
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This facilitator guide is meant for the user of the Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) Counselling Cards, developed for use in the Ghana Health Service’s antenatal care program. This facilitator guide and counselling cards were developed under the project Jumpstarting Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato in West Africa through Diversified Markets, drawing on...
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This collection of 16 recipes is intended to be used to provide practical guidance for use of OFSP (including leaves), in the Ghanaian cuisine, and to contribute to diversification of Ghanaian diets. Individual recipe cards can be printed and used as hand-outs during cooking demonstrations at the community level, or as marketing aids by vendors of...
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The document was initially used in Malawi where it was successfully used for 4 years (2010 to 2014) as a resource for the training of more than 24,000 farmers and 4000 trainers. The principal author has revised and adapted it for use in Ghana and elsewhere in West Africa. The training module contains valuable information about vitamins, micro-nutri...
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This book is based on papers presented at the Ninth Triennial African Potato Association Conference, Naivasha, Kenya, 30 June-4 July 2013.The book focuses on the policies for germplasm exchange, food security and trade in Africa, seed systems, breeding and disease management and postharvest management, processing technologies and marketing systems...
Conference Paper
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Sweetpotato is an important crop in parts of northern Ghana and in Malawi. A uni-modal rainfall pattern results in a relatively brief harvest season, where the sweetpotato is abundant and cheap in the markets, followed by a long dry season during which it is scarce and more expensive. The crop is usually consumed, processed, or sold soon after harv...
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Malawi is one of the world’s 20 poorest countries. Over 40% of the population lives on less than a US $1/day. Life expectancy in Malawi is just 40 years due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and malnutrition. Malnutrition among young children remains one of the biggest challenges in developing countries such as Malawi. Children aged 0–23...
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Maize is the staple food in Malawi where it is mainly cultivated by smallholder farmers under rainfed conditions. Due to increasing climatic uncertainty and declining soil fertility, crop failures often result in shortages affecting up to 1.6 million people every year. An estimated 47% of the children in Malawi suffer from stunted growth because of...