The potato is the second most important food in East Africa.
Photo: © GIZ

08.08.2017

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As part of the BMZ special initiative ‘One world – no hunger’ the global programme ‘Promoting nutrition-critical value chains in East Africa’ is underway in Kenya and Uganda. Together with local partners, it is supporting small-scale farmers in increasing their potato yields.

The potato is the second most important food after maize in Kenya, and a source of income for some 800,000 farmers, a third of them women. The potato is also an important basic food in Uganda. Its high yields, short growth cycles (90-120 days) compared to other crops, and its nutritional physiological properties make the potato important in meeting local food demands and strengthening food security.

The global programme ’Promoting nutrition-critical potato value chains in East Africa’ is carried out by GIZ on a commission of the German development ministry BMZ, and supports small-scale farmers in Kenya and Uganda in permanently increasing the yield and quality of their potato production. The programme is intended as a contribution towards improving nutrition of malnourished individuals and strengthening expertise-sharing in Kenya and Uganda.

The global programme is part of the special initiative ‘One world – no hunger’ (SEWOH) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Training in Kenya

The programme’s overarching goal is: the potential of a nutrition-critical potato value chain is utilised in selected regions of Kenya and Uganda.

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