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 …

Potato Processors Profiling Report

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A report created by German Food Partnership (GFP-PIA) examining the potato processing industry in Kenya. Potato is the second most important food crop in Kenya after maize. It is cultivated by over 800,000 growers who are mostly smallholders. Potato contributes greatly to the household income of growers, and the industry employs close to three million people. It is for this …

Kenyan Seed Inspection Manual

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A manual produced by KEPHIS (KENYA PLANT HEALTH INSPECTORATE SERVICE) detailing inspection and quality assurance of seeds provided to Kenyan farmers. KEPHIS ensures that only high quality seed of released varieties are available for use by the farmers. This is achieved through field inspection, seed processing, seed testing, post control plots and post certification survey. View/Download The Manual (698KB)

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 …