The potato value chain is long and elaborate with many business opportunities. While the opportunities could be lucrative, they are not fully taken up by youth and women. This is partly because of their lack of awareness of these opportunities and in some instances it is because they lack the necessary skills. Insufficient capital among these sections of the society also plays a big role in the limited uptake.
It is against this backdrop that the Agriculture Sector Network (ASNET), Alternatives Africa, Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE), County Government of Nyandarua, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), NPCK and Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) recently convened the first Nyandarua Potato Value Chain Youth Forum with the goal of addressing the challenges faced by youth and women in participating fully in the potato value chain in the county. The organizations present showcased and discussed the available business opportunities that the youths can easily engage in and be supported. They include seed multiplication, ware potato aggregation, spray service providers (SSP) through the Viazi Soko Digital Platform, fertilizer and agrochemical order aggregation, logistic services, provision of mechanization services, and agro processing.
Participants during the Nyandarua County Potato Value Chain Youth Forum