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Effectiveness of networks in seed potato sector development
December 11, 2017Study
Effectiveness of networks in seed potato sector development

Radboud University conducted a pilot project with the main objective to understand the drivers of sustainable upscaling by modelling the impact of firm network characteristics and institutional conditions in value chain clusters. The F&BKP supported project was implemented in 2017 in the seed potato sector in Kenya and Ethiopia. »

The first multiplication site for seed potato varieties from the Netherlands
July 21, 2017Knowledge activity
The first multiplication site for seed potato varieties from the Netherlands

Kenyan farmers, multipliers and processors are very enthusiastic about Dutch potato varieties. The challenge is to effectively multiply them, in the context of strategic potato sector development. This article summarizes the findings of a visit to a seed potato multiplication farm and storage facility of Agrico (International Potato Cooperative). A group of Food Security Advisors »

April 24, 2017Knowledge Portal
Productivity and food security effects of using of certified seed potato: the case of Kenya’s potato farmers

This article assessed the effect of using certified seed potato (CSP) on yield, input use, and food security among smallholder farmers. The recent development of rapid seed multiplication technique has helped to shorten the duration of CSP production and increase the supply of seed. Results indicate that use of CSP is associated with increased yields, sales, and hence income. In addition, users of CSP were less food insecure than their counterparts. »

SustUpscaling project started
March 30, 2017News
SustUpscaling project started

Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University has been granted funds by the F&BKP to carry out a pilot study on the role of agro-based clustering in sustainable upscaling in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The SustUpscaling project aims to understand the drivers of sustainable upscaling by Dutch firms in agribusiness in LMICs »

Exploring the potential of hybrid potato cultivars in East Africa
February 16, 2017Study
Exploring the potential of hybrid potato cultivars in East Africa

The F&BKP supported a fact-finding mission in East Africa to explore the potential of the usage of hybrid true potato seeds (TPS) for this region, and to identify interested partners from both private and public sectors to support research, development and commercialization of this technology. The mission was implemented by Solynta and took place in six countries. »

January 29, 2017Knowledge Portal
Agricultural extension messages using video on portable devices increased knowledge about seed selection, storage and handling among smallholder potato farmers in southwestern Uganda

This article demonstrates that showing agricultural extension videos significantly increased farmers’ knowledge of recommended practices on seed selection, storage and handling. The video messages were delivered through Android tablets to a sample of potato farmers in southwestern Uganda. This research suggests that videos should be crop and context specific, featuring model farmers to maximize the potential of videos to leverage knowledge farmers already possess but may not be confident enough to use. »