Potato News from Africa
Nigeria harvests first batch of biotech-potatoes
December 20, 2022
Elder Isaiah Buwah is growing potatoes for forty years in the Plateau State, North Central Nigeria. Having seen the impact from late blight first hand, he truly enjoyed the harvest of the first batch of - resistant - biotech potatoes.
Food Systems in the spotlight at COP27 climate action negotiations
November 24, 2022
For the first time, food and agriculture systems have taken center stage in the global climate negotiations. COP27 has advanced the global recognition of food and agriculture as both a climate culprit and solution.
Local seed potato research promising in Zimbabwe
November 24, 2022
The Zimbabwe Potato Micro-propagation Association (ZPMA) has spearheaded the resuscitation of seed potato production since this stalled around 2008. The current mandate is to substitute imported seed potato.
Rooted Apical Cuttings: Plugging the gap in quality seed potato production to boost food security in Asia and Africa
November 13, 2022
A capacity-building initiative that started in Kenya to fill gaps in the supply of high-quality early generation seed (EGS) is now spreading across Asia and many African countries
PepsiCo invests USD 40 million in its Senselet Snack Business in Ethiopia
November 04, 2022
PepsiCo is finalising an investment proposal of approximately USD 40 million (ETB 2 billion) to expand its Senselet snacks business in Ethiopia, and is considering the possibility of further investments in the country.
Solynta and Regenz partner to bring hybrid potato seed to South Africa
November 01, 2022
South African seed potato producer RegenZ and European hybrid potato seed innovator Solynta announced a partnership to bring hybrid true potatoes to the South African farming community.
University Outreach Project in Kenya Teaching Tissue Culture to Potato Farmers
October 31, 2022
Richard Mbaria makes a point at his potato in Kapsita village of Nakuru County, Kenya. The farmer has increased his production per acre thanks to training by a CARP+ project implemented in the area by Egerton University.
Norda industries favors Markies for the production of potato chips in Kenya
October 06, 2022
Markies has already become the number one for potato chips in Kenya. Simultaneously Markies is also increasingly demanded by Kenya’s crisping industry. A good example is Norda Industries who favors our Markies variety for their potato crisps.
Tissue Culture Tech Boosts Potato Yield in Kenya
October 04, 2022
A community project that provides farmers with healthy seed potato, cultivated using innovative laboratory techniques is significantly increasing yields in Kenya, an agricultural expert says.
Kenya: USD 1 million program set to benefit potato farmers
September 17, 2022
More than 3,000 small-holder potatoes farmers from Nakuru are set to benefit from a KES 127 million (USD 1 million) program aimed at enhancing potato production in the County.