Learning visit: Moving towards certified seed potato production in Kenya’s North Rift
CIP / Countries / Crops / East Africa / Kenya / Partners / Regions / Value chains

Learning visit: Moving towards certified seed potato production in Kenya’s North Rift

Story by Dinah Borus Decentralised seed potato multipliers and county officers in Kenya’s North Rift —part of Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project—undertook an educational tour aimed at showcasing procedures and practises for producing certified seed. The tour, organised by AVCD-Potato project funded by USAID, took place from 5th to 7th … Continue reading

AVCD / CIP / Crops / Kenya / Value chains

Rekindling dreams: one clean potato seed at a time.

This March in Nkuene ward, Meru County, potatoes were in flower, farmers were busy in their potato farms attending to their precious cash crop. Decentralised seed multipliers also known as Village Potato Advisors (VPAs) are busy too, doing a routine follow-up on farmers’ plots advising them on crop management of at this critical stage. Farm … Continue reading

Village potato advisor sees a brighter future in potato farming
AVCD / CIP / Countries / Crops / East Africa / Kenya / Partners / Regions / Value chains

Village potato advisor sees a brighter future in potato farming

Written by Raymond Jumah and Dave Priest (FIPS-Africa) FIPS VPA Edward Kirinya harvesting the Sherekea potato variety. He planted 50 kg in July and has harvested 1,322 kg in November 2016. Photo: Raymond Jumah/FIPS-Africa A cool breeze sweeps across Kioru village in Abothuguchi West ward, bringing freshness to the otherwise misty agricultural highlands of Meru … Continue reading

AVCD / CIP / Dairying / ICRISAT / ILRI / Kenya / Value chains

USAID learning event promotes joint collaboration to accelerate poverty reduction in Western Kenya

On 13-16 Dec 2016, USAID-funded projects working in western Kenya met in Kisumu for a 4 day USAID poverty learning event. The teams including Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (KIWASH), Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises (FIRM) Kenya, Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES),  One Acre Fund, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Africa Lead and … Continue reading

AVCD / CIP / Crops / Kenya / Value chains

Village Potato Multipliers will accelerate access to clean seed with good agronomy in Meru – Farmer

Eight months after rolling out into the field, Farm Input Promotions Africa (FIPS-Africa) has established 73 decentralised seed multipliers (also known as Village-Potato Advisors (VPAs) in Meru County. The VPAs are supported through US government funded program Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program in partnership with the International Potato Centre (CIP) … Continue reading

Orange Fleshed Sweet potato (OFSP) – Changing lives through diversified farm enterprises
AVCD / CIP / Kenya / Value chains

Orange Fleshed Sweet potato (OFSP) – Changing lives through diversified farm enterprises

Isaac Mugedi, a 43 year-old farmer from Bungoma County first heard of OFSP in 2013 through the International Potato Centre (CIP). Since the 2015 start of the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program, his role in as a OFSP farmer have evolved significantly. Today he multiplies vines, produces roots and provides extension services to OFSP buyers. … Continue reading

AVCD / CIP / East Africa / Kenya / Value chains

Transformational village-based approach increasing potato productivity across Meru County, Kenya

Through the scenic valleys of Ngachara village, one cannot help but appreciate the beauty of the surrounding farms; greenery as far as the eye can see. Situated in Meru County, one of the leading potato producing counties in Kenya, Ngachara village contributes greatly to the production of popular potato varieties. Consumers repeatedly request for Meru … Continue reading

New value chain program using research technologies and innovations to improve livelihoods across Kenya
AVCD / CIP / ICRISAT / Kenya / Value chains

New value chain program using research technologies and innovations to improve livelihoods across Kenya

The Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program focuses on the livestock, dairy and staple crop (root crops and drought-tolerant crops) value chains, covering 21 counties in Kenya. In line with the Kenya Feed the Future multi-year strategy, AVCD will prioritize commodities key to inclusive agricultural growth. It seeks to lift 317,000 … Continue reading