The Potato Council has a number of forums and platforms aimed at supporting initiatives at different levels of the value chain which as point of references for potato activities, engagements, information exchange, planning and coordination. One such platform is the Potato Partners Platform (PPP).
The PPP is made up of development partners and organizations supporting initiatives in the potato subsector at National and County levels. The aim of the partners’ forums is to create a cohesive industry with common approach to development while offering the members an opportunity to share information, plan and harmonize subsector initiatives, engage on regular basis to support and monitor the subsector development and help consolidate support for the industry.
Partners Platform was formed to help complement partners’ work. Partners in support of potato value chain and NPCK collaborate and work together as a team in utilizing their pool of resources and expertise to contribute to the development of the subsector. Working in multi-stakeholder environment can present challenges that emanate from uncoordinated objectives, goals and action plans for different players. It helps avoid duplication of efforts, overlaps in resources utilizations and even contradictions in implementation of activities.
Current members of the platform include International Potato Center (CIP), Technoserve, Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO); Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS), Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA); Development Partners: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and any other player who is supporting value chain activities in the industry. The platform works in close collaboration with other stakeholders in the industry who include Financial Institutions; Processors; Farmer Groups and Producer SMEs, aggregators and input suppliers. The activities of each member of the Partners platform are summarized in a page named Partners Activities in the NPCK’s website which you can access by clicking here
Potato Partners Platform Committee members during a past meeting held at KALRO Kabete
The activities of the Partners platform are replicated at the county levels with formation of County Platforms under County potato coordinating units. A County Platform is an initiative by NPCK and county governments which aims at availing to stakeholders, information of potato activities in each county. This includes providing information about activities undertaken in the county by National government, County governments, development partners, NPCK and other stakeholders.
A County Potato Liaison Officer (CPLO) is the contact person and custodian of all potato information in the county and is a member of the County Potato Subsector Coordinating Unit (CPSCU) and together with other key stakeholders form County potato platform which has a webpage or website linked to the NPCKs website. Counties which have already formed or are in the process of forming CPSCUs include Nyandarua, Nakuru, Bungoma, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nyeri. The information provided in county webpage include: Location of the county, Potato production and details of Potato projects in the county which include; Project name, Funding Partner, Implementer, Objectives, Duration of the project. The summary of County activities can be accessed by clicking here