About International Potato Centre (CIP)

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Projects

  1. Dissemination of climate smart, consumer-demanded potato varieties in Kenya

 Area/County of coverage

Not limited to a specific County

Period

2018-2020

Objective

To bulk, promote and disseminate newly released potato varieties to farmers at mid-altitude and traditional potato growing regions using different mechanisms of awareness creation, market demands creation and evaluation of profitability easiness of seed production of these varieties.

Implementer(s)

  • CIP

Funding partners

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Project Activities

  • Identification of the best performing varieties for seed and ware potato producers in terms of cost for goods sold, agronomic features and market demand targeting mid and high elevation agro-ecologies in Kenya
  • Involving private seed producers ensure large scale seed multiplication and distribution of demanded recently released varieties
  • Identification of 1-2 additional heat and drought tolerant potato varieties with high commercial potential

Project News/Achievements

Seed for new varieties; Nyota Chulu, Wanjiku, Konjo, Lenana and Unica is being multiplied at Kisima farm in Meru and Bubayi seed products farm in TransNzoia.

  1. Nutrition Sensitive Potato Partnership Project (NuSePPP)

Area/County of coverage

  • Nyandarua
  • Elgeyo Marakwet
  • Trans Nzoia

Period

2019-2020

Objective

To support the NuSePPP project goals by contributing to (A) Agricultural Extension and (B) Seed Availability components.

Implementer(s)

  • GIZ
  • CIP
  • KALRO
  • NPCK
  • Implementing Counties

Funding partner

  • GIZ

Project Activities

  • Demonstration of innovations through CIP innovation sites
  • Training on cutting technology in FFBS
  • Capacity Development of seed multiplier(s)
  1. Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Area/County of coverage

Period

2019-2020

Objectives

Scale out interventions from phase 1 to two additional counties to transform 20,000 farmers to profitably engage in the potato value chain resulting in improved income and nutrition. In pursuit of this goal, the potato component will continue to enhance the capacity of county governments to plan and support a sustainable potato sector with thriving seed, production and market systems.

Implementer(s)

  • CIP
  • County Government of Bungoma
  • County Government of Taita Taveta
  • Private sector
  • NPCK

Funding partners

Feed the Future Kenya, USAID

Project Activities

  • Build capacity for smallholder farmers to increase potato productivity by 50% and improve consumption of nutritious foods.
  • Support access to seed system development in Bungoma county to produce at least 400 tonnes of seed annually.
  • Empower potato farmer producer organisations to engage in marketing and value addition, and provide other necessary services.

Project News/Achievements

Project just started and preparations for wide spread learning farms in the two counties are ongoing.

  1. Technical backstopping within the potato working group in seven SEWOH partner countries

Area/County of coverage

National level interventions

Period

2018-2019

Objective

Provision of technical backstopping and policy advice within the potato working group in the seven SEWOH partner countries: India, Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, Tunisia, Kenya and Uganda

Implementer(s)

  • CIP
  • GIZ

Funding Partner

  • GIZ

Project Activities

The main objective of the project is the technical backstopping within the potato working group in the seven SEWOH partner countries India, Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria, Tunisia, Kenya and Uganda. The requested grant is for a period of one year, however with the option of annual extension up to 2021.

Project News/Achievements

Project just started and preparations for Green Innovation Stakeholder workshop to identify the interventions.

  1. RTB Scaling Fund: potato varieties and apical cuttings

 Area/County of coverage

  • Meru
  • Elgeyo Marakwet
  • Nandi
  • Uasin Gishu

Period

2019-2020

Objective

Accelerate access to quality seed of robust, market-oriented potato varieties by farmers in Kenya and Uganda with the goal to propel the technology package into a fully uncontrolled scaling environment.

Implementer(s)

  • CIP
  • FIPS-AFRICA
  • County Government of Meru
  • County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet
  • County Government of Nandi
  • County Government of Uasin Gishu
  • Private sector
  • NPCK

Funding partners

RTB of the CGIAR

Project Activities

  • Articulate market relevant product profiles through exposing farmers to robust varieties and assessing their
  • Assess business models to produce cuttings and use cuttings to produce seed, including facilitating private-private business arrangements between primary and satellite nurseries to produce cuttings
  • Evaluate the approach of taking variety/cutting innovation package to scale considering different starting points.

Project News/Achievements

Project just started and preparation to multiply seeds of new varieties for dissemination while transforming five seed businesses to produce certified seed, three as seed merchants and two as out growers is ongoing 

  1. Improved Diagnostics and Genotypic/Epidemiological Mapping Potato Bacterial Wilt Disease to Enhance Food Security of Smallholder Farmers

Area/County of coverage

National level interventions

Period

2017-2019

Objective

Improve efficiency of seed potato production and seed quality control mechanism through the use of new diagnostics of BW disease by national phytosanitary authorities and private seed producers.

Implementer(s)

  • CIP
  • KEPHIS
  • Private sector

Funding partner

GIZ

Project Activities

  • Distribution and diversity map of bacterial wilt pathogen in Kenya.
  • Validated diagnostic tools to detect Ralstonia solanacearum in potato field.
  • Enhanced public and private sector capacities to diagnose bacterial wilt pathogen.