Potato News from Kenya

Agrico and Agrico PSA to expand their activities into Tanzania
November 29, 2023

Agrico and Agrico PSA to expand their seed potato activities in Tanzania

By signing the distribution agreement with Fraxen Consult Ltd, Agrico seed potatoes will be exported to small-scale farmers in Tanzania later this year.
Ashley and Chris Gasperi loved the Grimm Spudnik products on display at the Aug. 24 Potato Field Day and Trade Show in Alliston. They said accessing high-quality scaled-down machinery in Kenya is difficult.
September 21, 2023

Kenyan seed potato producer Freshcrop Ltd inspired by potato cultivation in Ontario, Canada

Seven years ago, Chris and Ashley Gasperi planted four acres of potatoes on their idle land in Kenya.
KC-SWEET PURPLE is rich in beta-carotene, iron and zinc.
August 09, 2023

Kenya leads Eastern Africa with release of climate-adaptive and nutritious purple-fleshed sweet potato variety

The International Potato Center (CIP) has collaborated with Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) to release the KC Sweet Purple variety of sweet potato in an effort to tackle ongoing climate challenges facing farmers in Kenya.
World Potato Congress 2026 to be held in Nairobi, Kenya
May 23, 2023

World Potato Congress 2026 to be held in Nairobi, Kenya

World Potato Congress Inc. has announced that World Potato Congress 2026 will be held in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme for the event is 'Developing Global Potato Partnerships for Enhanced Food Systems, Food Security and International Trade'.
Serial entrepreneur carves a niche with potato processor
April 03, 2023

Serial entrepreneur carves a niche with potato processor

The potato value chain has been the main pain point for Kenyan farmers for decades now. After a bumper harvest, thousands of tonnes go to waste. And this is where Wedgehut Foods carved a niche.
Brief on the Smallholder Potato Development Program
March 28, 2023

Kenya Potato Consortium to lay groundwork for local value chain

It may be recalled how shocked Kenyans were when reports began filtering in the media last year January 2022 that the multinational food giant KFC has run out of ‘fries’ for customers following the non-delivery of potatoes from their overseas suppliers.
Centers of Excellence for Rooted Apical Cuttings: Plugging the gap in quality seed production to boost rural livelihoods and food security in Asia and Africa
November 13, 2022

Rooted Apical Cuttings: Plugging the gap in quality seed potato production to boost food security in Asia and Africa

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
Productores de papa en Kenia
October 31, 2022

University Outreach Project in Kenya Teaching Tissue Culture to Potato Farmers

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 potato crisps
October 06, 2022

Norda industries favors Markies for the production of potato chips in Kenya

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

Tissue Culture Tech Boosts Potato Yield in Kenya

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: about USD 1 million program set to benefit potato farmers.
September 17, 2022

Kenya: USD 1 million program set to benefit potato farmers

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.
Potato farmers in Kenya close to a deal with KFC.
May 31, 2022

Potato farmers in Kenya close to a deal with KFC

In the next two months, Kenyan potatoes will be on the menu of the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). This follows an intervention by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Agriculture Sector Network (ASNET) and the American fast food chain.
50,000 Kenyan potato farmers are partnering with Agrico PSA!
May 19, 2022

50,000 Kenyan potato farmers are partnering with Agrico PSA!

Agrico PSA is proud to communicate another impressive milestone reached: now over 50,000 Kenyan potato farmers are digitally partnering via their Facebook page! PSA’s Facebook page has evolved into a platform where potato knowledge is shared.
Smartphone app Nuru helps farmers control potato and sweet potato diseases
April 14, 2022

Smartphone app Nuru helps farmers control potato and sweetpotato diseases

Free smartphone app Nuru helps African potato farmers to detect late blight (Phytophthora) and early blight (Alternaria) since 2021
Paper made from banana waste prevents potato cyst nematode damage
March 08, 2022

Paper made from banana waste prevents potato cyst nematode damage

With potato production in East Africa under increasing threat from the invasive and highly destructive potato cyst nematode (PCN) pest, an organic technology developed from banana plant waste material may well be the ultimate rescue.
Catalyzing a greater supply of seed potato in Kenya
June 21, 2021

Catalyzing a greater supply of seed potato in Kenya

As a food security crop and cash crop, potato is a source of income for farmers, traders and sellers. In Kenya alone, potato creates employment for 2.5 million people along the value chain amounting to an estimated annual worth of USD 480 million.
Kenya: Potato imports by fast-food firms to attract 30pc duty.
June 21, 2021

Kenya: Potato imports by fast-food firms to attract 30pc duty

Major fast-food joints rely on imports from as far as Egypt and South Africa for the potatoes they use for French fries.
Kenya: Nyandarua cops impound eight lorries over defying potato regulation (too large bags)
June 02, 2021

Kenya: Nyandarua cops impound eight lorries over defying potato regulation (too large bags)

Police in Nyandarua county have intercepted eight lorries carrying potatoes in extended bags contrary to the Crops (Irish Potatoes) Regulations 2019.

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