The new potato planter is suitable for small fields – an important innovation for the farmers.
Photo: Jonathan Ziebula/GIZ


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By their very nature, value chains are multi-stakeholder systems. The Green Innovation Centre in India demonstrates how the multi-stakeholder approach can be used in potato and tomato production as a systematic tool to disseminate innovations in the Indian agriculture and food sector.

The sun is beating down on a tomato field in India. Small shrubs and palms grow along the approach street, and motorcycles are passing by. Farmers and workers, dressed in colourful dresses or in light, short-sleeved shirts and white hats, are stretching their necks to get a look at their yield. Eighty days have passed since they sowed these tomatoes. Now, they are standing in a circle to inspect their work. They are not alone – representatives from the research institute World Vegetable Centre, the local seed company Orbi Seeds and the local tomato processor SunSip have also come to see the progress of the field trials. Brought together by the Green Innovation Centre, these scientists, businessmen and farmers forming the stakeholder group have a common goal – to test and introduce tomato varieties suitable for processing in India – a formidable task (see Box).

Challenges such as the introduction of new crop varieties can only be tackled successfully if many different stakeholders are involved.

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