Potato farming in Kenya is faced by numerous challenges going beyond availability and affordability of certified inputs. While value chain actors have had tremendous contributions in helping the potato farming community in overcoming some of the challenges, farmers are yet to realize their optimal potential due to inefficiencies occurring at different stages.
- As linkages to essential inputs and services continue, post-harvest handling and storage challenges is one of the areas that needs attention in equal measure to help in curbing losses that occur during and after harvesting.
- FtMA with a range of partnerships seeks to bridge the gap and sustainably reduce losses associated with technologies, handling and storage through:
- PHHs trainings targeted at the FSCs and harvesting service providers (HSPs)
- The trained FSCs and HSPs will help in reaching out to more farmers to inform them of PHHs grass root level training and coordination of demo establishments to exhibit technologies like surface planting.
- In addition the trained harvesting service providers will be providing farmers with harvesting services, which will significantly reduce post-harvest loss.