International Journal of Innovative Research and Knowledge


Volume-5 Issue-12, December 2020




Title: Establishing and Scaling the Seed Potato Community Action Research Multi-Stakeholder Platforms: Lessons & Experiences from Kenya

Author: Anthony M. Kibe & Rahab W. Ngumba

Abstract

Access to affordable high quality (certified) seed potato is the major setback in the seed and ware potato value chain (PVC) industries of the world.  In Kenya, the major certified seed potato producers only meet 2 to 2.6 % of all the seed potato demand, estimated at over 140,000 tons annually, for cultivation in 161,000 ha, by most of the 600,000 to 800,000 small scale potato farmers. This paper highlights the lessons and experiences learnt in establishing and scaling up a seed potato multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) in Nakuru, Kenya.  It discusses why there is 1) need to have access to sufficient funding, which government institutions lack; while the private sector doesn’t support, as they are more profit oriented and don’t support agricultural research and extension in collaboration with universities. Resulting in the lack of a skilled critical mass of youth in the agri-business sector. Other requirements include the need for, 2) a patriotic & generous people that share their technology, knowledge and resources; 3) the need for institutional reforms to house the MSP, particularly with respect to universities lacklustre outreach infrastructure; 4) setting mutually beneficial objectives that interest participating partners; 5) identifying & recruiting sincere and hard-working co-workers to drive the MSP objectives; 6) engaging strategic partners that have a mandate in the value chain; 7) be very patient & flexible and 8) maintaining accountability to partners. Actors along the seed potato value chain need to work together to avoid duplication of field day events and create synergy for accelerating impact and by focusing their concerted effort in supporting the right agriprenures. A paradigm shift is needed in our thinking of what the market is.  It is not the processor, but the producer, who is apparently, the marketing agent & co-innovator in marketing his produce.  He / She has to consistently maintain quality, provide sufficient volumes of produce at affordable prices to enable profitable business for processor and decent and healthy meals for consumers.  The paper concludes that a resource poor small-scale farmer cannot achieve all these as we expect in most of our pro-poor projects.  For sustainability of projects, target farmers in Kenyan should have not less than US$ 6,000 annual income to make it in the seed potato business.


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IJIRK DESCRIPTION

ISSN: 2213-1356

Publisher: Scholar Touch Publishers

Area/Scope: Business, Economics & Management; Social Science, Literature, Arts & Humanities; Engineering & Technology; Life Science & Physical Science, Health & Medical Science

Frequency: Monthly

Format: Online & Print

Language: English

Review Process: Double Blinded

Access: Open Access