7th Potato Week : enabling environment for sustainable production, increased food security and income in Great Lakes region
Potatoes has continued to be an important food and cash crop in the great lakes sub-region. However, its development has been challenged by a number of factors which stakeholders along the potato chain saw that could be tackled through organization of annual ‘Potato weeks’. The 2017 edition was organized in Uganda in November 2017 and aimed at bringing together different actors in the potato industry within the sub-region so that they could exchange knowledge, ideas, experiences and practices aimed at promoting potato value chain.
The theme of the event was “Enabling environment for sustainable potato production, increased food security and income in great lakes sub region”. It focused on Harmonizing, procedures and practices for technology development in the potato value chain in the great lakes sub region, sharing strategies for strengthening farmer - researcher linkage for technology transfer and adoption, sharing seed generation protocol at regional level, agreeing on strategies for marketing information sharing required to facilitate cross border trade and enhance potato producer-processor linkages. 152 participants attended from Burundi, Rwanda, D.R Congo and Uganda. It brought together researchers, farmers, agro-input dealers, traders, extension staff, the media, processors and administrators.
Read more about the conclusions and recommendations in the report of the event.