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Improving potato cultivation to promote food self-sufficiency in Africa

Code: 9781786763754
Moses Nyongesa and Nancy Ng’ang’a, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, Kenya

Chapter synopsis: Demand for potato in sub-Saharan Africa is growing, but the projected growth in demand is not matched by the projected growth rate in local potato production. An interplay of factors ensure the production gains achieved are small and slow. This chapter reviews the current state of potato production in Africa, and the challenges it faces. We review the development and promotion of suitable potato varieties, consider crop improvement initiatives and programs, and emphasise the potential of potato to contribute to food security and poverty reduction.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0016.15
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Potato production in Africa and its challenges 3 Variety development and promotion 4 Systems and programs to support potato production in Africa 5 Prospects for development and poverty alleviation: opportunities and challenges 6 Future prospects 7 Conclusion 8 Where to look for further information 9 References

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