Impact of the East African Potato Consortium
- The Consortium has commissioned two market studies –one on the overall market opportunity for value-addition in potato and the second, commissioned with UPL, on specific investment pipelines, with a view to securing investment funding.
- Strengthened potato production and creation of market linkages –The platform has mapped its member profiles into an ICT platform that is used to share technical advisory information and link members to market. Over 3,000 farmers were registered on the platform in 2017 and are benefiting from technical advisory messages related to the value chain. Two farmer groups (Green Silver and Tunza Afya) from Nyandarua County and Milima Mitatu Group from Nakuru County have connected to markets through the system and supplied an estimated 34 tonnes of potato at a buying price Ksh 2/kg higher compared to traders price. A rapid appraisal of Meru potato markets was also conducted to gather market intelligence and create market linkages. The exercise facilitated market linkages for local potato producers around Meru, with 500 groups connected to markets out of this initiative;
- Potato fairs –The platform hosted a potato fair for the eastern and central regions of Kenya in Nyeri County. The aim of the fair was to increase awareness and share innovations and technologies in the potato industry. The fair also provided opportunity for stakeholder networking and created awareness on development in the potato industry. Grow Africa sponsored over 2,000 delegates (including smallholder farmers) from the Potato Platform to attend the event;
- Policy engagements –The platform has been instrumental in promoting implementation and enforcement of the recently enacted regulation on maximum 50 kg packing and pricing among its membership; and
- County strategies –Supported the development and subsequent launch of Nyandarua County Strategy which is currently under implementation. Engagement is underway with other counties (Nakuru, Narok, Meru and Elgeyo Marakwet) to commence development of their respective strategies.