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Tent-style greenhouse for multiplication of sweet potato vines and cuttings

Greenhouse Solutions for Thriving Sweet Potato Farms

The tent-style greenhouse is constructed using locally available materials and screen nets, which are cost-effective and easy to assemble. The greenhouse maintains optimal soil moisture, either manually or through drip irrigation, promoting healthy growth of the vines. The screen nets serve a dual purpose: they provide a barrier against pests and diseases, and they create a controlled environment conducive to growth. This technology ensures the production of high-quality, disease-free planting material, which is crucial for the successful cultivation of sweet potatoes. It’s a practical and beneficial tool for farmers aiming to increase their sweet potato yield.


This technology is TAAT1 validated.


Scaling readiness: idea maturity 8/9; level of use 9/9

Cost: $$$ 7.66 USD

total investment per square meter

ROI: $$$ 56 %

over 3 year

4-9 USD

sales of vines per square meter


Open source / open access


  • Lack of Planting Material: Farmers often face a shortage of planting material, limiting the area of land they can cultivate with the crop.
  • Degeneration of Planting Material: Over time, the quality of sweet potato vines used as starter material can degrade, affecting the yield.
  • Pest and Disease Infestation: Sweet potato vines are susceptible to pests and diseases, which can severely impact the crop’s health and yield.
  • Poor Quality of Planting Material: The survival and growth of sweet potato vines upon planting can be compromised if the planting material is of poor quality or infected with pathogens.
  • High Costs and Infrastructure Challenges: The construction of traditional greenhouses can be costly and may require materials or infrastructure that are not readily available locally.


  • Planting Material: The greenhouse enables efficient multiplication of sweet potato vines and cuttings, addressing the issue of shortage and degradation of planting material.
  • Pests/Diseases: The use of screen nets in the greenhouse provides a barrier against pests and diseases, ensuring healthy growth of the vines.
  • Infrastructure/Cost: The greenhouse design is cost-effective and can be constructed using locally available materials, solving the problem of high costs and local availability issues.

Key points to design your business plan

For Farmers: 

Integrating a tent-style greenhouse in a sweet potato farm business can significantly enhance crop yield and quality by providing a controlled, pest-free environment and ensuring the availability of high-quality planting material. This cost-effective solution also promotes efficient use of resources, contributing to sustainable farming practices. 

Here are the key steps for a successful implementation of a tent-style greenhouse in your sweet potato farm:

  1. Learn About the Greenhouse: Attend workshops or seek information about the tent-style greenhouse, its benefits, and operation.

  2. Estimate Costs: Calculate the costs for constructing the greenhouse and purchasing vines. Include transportation, labor, and training costs.

  3. Choose the Location: Find a spot on your farm with good light, drainage, and wind protection for the greenhouse.

  4. Prepare the Site: Clear the chosen area and level the base.

  5. Build the Greenhouse: Assemble the frame, install the screen nets, and cover the frame with the plastic cover. You might need some help with this.

  6. Arrange the Plants: Place the sweet potato vines and cuttings inside the greenhouse, ensuring enough space for air circulation.

  7. Maintain the Greenhouse: Learn how to control soil moisture, temperature, and airflow inside the greenhouse.

  8. Evaluate and Improve: Regularly check the effectiveness of the greenhouse and make necessary improvements.

Remember, the timeline for these activities will depend on your specific situation and needs.


Positive or neutral impact

Adults 18 and over
Positive high
The poor
No impact
Under 18
Positive medium
Positive medium

Positive or neutral impact

Climate adaptability
It adapts really well
Adaptability for farmers
It helps a lot
It helps them grow and thrive
Carbon footprint
It doesn't reduce emissions at all
It makes a little difference
Water usage
It uses the same amount of water

Tent-style greenhouse for multiplication of sweet potato vines and cuttings




Algeria,Angola,Benin,Botswana,Burkina Faso,Burundi,Cameroon,Cape Verde,Central African Republic,Chad,Comoros,Democratic Republic of the Congo,Djibouti,Egypt,Equatorial Guinea,Eritrea,Ethiopia,Gabon,Gambia,Ghana,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau,Côte d’Ivoire,Kenya,Lesotho,Liberia,Libya,Madagascar,Malawi,Mali,Mauritania,Mauritius,Morocco,Mozambique,Namibia,Niger,Nigeria,Republic of the Congo,Rwanda,Senegal,Sierra Leone,Somalia,South Africa,South Sudan,Sudan,Eswatini,Tanzania,Togo,Tunisia,Uganda,Western Sahara,Zambia,Zimbabwe

Countries with a green colour
Tested & adopted
Countries with a bright green colour
Countries with a yellow colour
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burundi Burkina Faso Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Côte d’Ivoire Eritrea Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Cameroon Kenya Libya Liberia Madagascar Mali Malawi Morocco Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Republic of the Congo Rwanda Zambia Senegal Sierra Leone Zimbabwe Somalia South Sudan Sudan South Africa Eswatini Tanzania Togo Tunisia Chad Uganda Western Sahara Central African Republic Lesotho
Countries where the technology has been tested and adopted
Country Tested Adopted
Benin Tested Adopted
Botswana Tested Adopted
Burkina Faso Tested Adopted
Central African Republic Tested Adopted
Zimbabwe Tested Adopted

This technology can be used in the colored agro-ecological zones. Any zones shown in white are not suitable for this technology.

Agro-ecological zones where this technology can be used
AEZ Subtropic - warm Subtropic - cool Tropic - warm Tropic - cool

Source: HarvestChoice/IFPRI 2009

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are applicable to this technology.

Sustainable Development Goal 1: no poverty
Goal 1: no poverty
Sustainable Development Goal 2: zero hunger
Goal 2: zero hunger
Sustainable Development Goal 3: good health and well-being
Goal 3: good health and well-being
Sustainable Development Goal 13: climate action
Goal 13: climate action

  1. Site Selection: Identify and secure an appropriate location for constructing the greenhouse. Ensure it has sufficient space and access to sunlight.

  2. Gather Materials: Acquire the necessary materials for construction, including screen netting, supporting posts, anchors, cables, and any optional components like drip irrigation system.

  3. Erecting Posts: Begin by setting up the supporting posts at regular intervals across the chosen area. These posts will serve as the framework for the greenhouse.

  4. Installing Cables: Connect the cables to the posts horizontally, creating a grid-like pattern to support the screen netting. This step provides structural stability.

  5. Sinking Cable Anchors: Secure the cables in place by sinking anchors into the ground. These anchors will help maintain tension and stability in the structure.

  6. Connecting Cables and Anchors: Ensure that the cables are securely connected to the anchors, creating a stable framework for the greenhouse.

  7. Stretching Screen Nets: Carefully drape the screen netting over the framework, ensuring it covers the entire structure. Secure the netting in place.

  8. Burying Edges of Screen Nets: Bury the edges of the screen netting in the soil to prevent pests and insects from entering the greenhouse.

  9. Optional: Installing Drip Irrigation System: If desired, set up a drip irrigation system connected to a water tank to maintain optimal soil moisture levels within the greenhouse.

  10. Monitor and Maintain: Regularly inspect the greenhouse for any wear and tear, and make necessary repairs. Ensure that the irrigation system (if installed) is functioning properly.

  11. Utilize for Multiplication: Once the greenhouse is set up, use it for multiplying sweet potato vines and cuttings. Place the planting material inside the greenhouse for propagation.

Last updated on 22 May 2024