Biogenesis Organic Sweet Potatoes

Producing organic sweet potatoes while empowering women
2019 SEED Africa & South Africa Climate Adaptation Awards; Government of Flanders
Sustainable Agriculture
Goromonzi District

BOSP follows a consumer-centric and market-based approach, selling via different channels and to different customer segments. This includes door-to-door sales, as well as approaching farmers' markets and supermarkets. Roadside-stall-sales are looked after by a freelance youth group earning a commission. Vines are directly sold to other farmers for their cultivation. As the soil in Zimbabwe is very suitable for growing sweet potatoes and the markets for the product is developing rapidly, the project holds great opportunities for scaling.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts


  • Creating jobs for 7 women and 5 boys (school leavers) as a door-to-door direct sales team supervised by a single mother
  • Providing economic opportunities for youth through a roadside stall where they earn commission
  • Ensuring the provision of full industrial safety gear for employees
  • Empowering women, who have formed a sports team and a savings group
  • Practicing conservation tillage and crop rotation
  • Planting cover crops to improve organic matter and loosen hard-packed soils
  • Planting bio-fortified vines
  • Using of tissue-cultured planting materials
  • Setting up capital asset structures for communities
  • Training unemployed community members to become active in out-growing schemes


Biogenesis Organic Sweet Potatoes (BOSP) cultivates 100% pure organic sweet potatoes and sells bio-fortified vines. BOSP is probably the first enterprise in Zimbabwe to consider commercial value addition to the vitamin-packed root vegetable.

Zimearth Worms Farms supplies nutrient-rich vermicompost organic earthworm-processed biofertilizers and trains BOSP to convert waste into vermicompost.

Zimtrade is a government organisation that assists BOSP to meet voluntary and mandatory compliance requirements for the international market.

University of Zimbabwe, Faculty of Agriculture supports with laboratory and technical facilities to enhance crop production and processing