This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8273: Improving the livelihoods of
small-scale sweet potato farmers in Central Uganda through a crop post
harvest-based innovation system.
A programme designed to help farmers make the most of surplus production
has identified 20 local and 300 potential global markets for fresh sweet
potato grown in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. More than 2000
farmers were able to access new markets and cut their on-farm
postharvest losses by 20-30%. Previously, these farmers were unable to
appreciate the benefits of new, high-yielding varieties that produce
three times as much as the former ones. The programme promoted a range
of orange-fleshed sweet potato-based products. At the industrial scale,
at least three private firms now absorb over 80 MT of dried sweet potato
chips per month.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (17 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPH44, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 93.