New techniques multiply success with potatoes. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project titles: R8104:Promoting Potato Seed-Tuber Management For Increased Ware Yields in Kapchorwa District, Eastern Uganda and R8435: Sustainable Potato Seed - Tuber Management and Marketing Through Commercialization (SPOMMAC).

A new method for multiplying potato tuber seed is helping poor smallholders to overcome a deadly potato disease known as bacterial wilt. The seed production system includes field inspection and on-farm detection of bacterial wilt. Collective marketing activities through a new Seed Producer Association are ensuring that the increased production translates into improved livelihoods. The members of the association have acquired skills in marketing and post-harvest handling. Simple potato storehouses are preserving tuber quality and extending product life. Local committees control distribution of the seed potatoes to ensure that all members receive their fair share, giving priority to women and poor households. The successful techniques have now spread to farmers in Kenya and Uganda.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (15 pp.) taken from the CD.


CPP02, 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 8.

Published 1 January 2007