IFDC – Reclaiming Kenya’s Food Basket

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An article from IFDC explaining how The Potato Value Chain Capacity Building (PCB) project has boosted agricultural productivity in Nyandarua County. For many years, Nyandarua County was known as Kenya’s food basket. Farms were productive, and rains were adequate, resulting in high surplus production. Sufficient land was also available for farmers to plant their crops. However, many different elements have …

Alliance for Science – New potato variety could be a game-changed for farmers in East Africa

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An article from Alliance for Science with details on the new 3R Victoria potato variety. Imagine being a potato farmer in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda or Nigeria. On a small piece of land, which you depend on for food and income, you have spent months planting, weeding and watering. Up to twice a week, you manually spray your field, sometimes with …

Understanding farmer needs and unlocking local genetic resources for potato improvement: a case study in Ethiopia

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A research paper and case study looking at important potato varieties in Ethiopia. Understanding farmers’ needs and local genetic resources are crucial steps to improve and conserve the potato crop. A study was conducted to understand what potato traits Ethiopian farmers consider most important, and to characterize the diversity and distribution of local varieties. Growers from six districts were surveyed …

Boosting potato production in Eritrea

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An articles from the Eritrean Ministry of Agriculture Newsletter outlining potato cultivating initiatives across the country. The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) is working hard to increase potato production using improved and globally standardized potato varieties. In Eritrea, two local varieties of potato, known as karneshm and shashemene, have been cultivated for many years. Over time, productivity of these varieties has …

The Kenyan company supplying fries to international fast-food chains

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An article on howwemadeitinafrica.com detailing Sereni Fries success supplying big brands with Kenyan grown potatoes. Despite a presence in over 100 markets, the global fast-food chain McDonald’s has operations in just four African countries: Morocco, Egypt, South Africa and Mauritius. According to industry insiders, rather than a lack of demand or local market spending power, a common problem is connecting …

United Purpose – How the humble potato is helping farmers in Mozambique

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A post on the United Purpose website, detailing how their project is training farmers to upscale the value of the potatoes and other vegetables they produce by processing them in different ways. We are empowering smallholder farmers in Mozambique to improve their food security, nutrition, income and livelihoods. As part of this, we are working with a regional initiative that …