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Sweet potatoes are believed to have many medicinal benefits that include anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and anticancer properties.
Sweet potato wastewater may help weight loss and can be used to cleanse and tone skin.
Sweet potato production has become an economically profitable crop creating income, jobs and food security for many communities worldwide..
Sweet potato has proven to be a highly productive crop that can be grown in low-quality soil with minimal fertilizer and irrigation making it a less destructive alternative.
When best practices of regenerative agriculture are used to grow sweet potatoes, it can be done with minimal point source pollution and air pollution. The ability to grow close to the consumer also minimizes transportation needs and limits contributions to factors that cause climate change.
As a highly nutritious, long season crop, sweet potato offers an inexpensive option for developing countries in warm climates to combat malnutrition. Sweet potato can be grown on a large scale as a cash crop or on a small scale for subsistence farming.
Although sweet potato offers opportunities for local communities to take control of their own food security, it is not native to most countries or part of many cultural food traditions. Sweet potato is growing in popularity and being promoted worldwide.
AGRIS Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
(Clark and Moyer, 1988)