Promotion of Nutrition-Senstive Potato Value Chain East Africa-Uganda (PNSP) Annual Report 2018

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The project has three objectives: Objective 1: Increase productivity of small-scale potato producers Objective 2: Strengthen coordination in the potato value chain Objective 3: Improve the dietary diversity of vulnerable groups in Eastern Uganda. Objective 1 is achievable once the adoption of GAPs is more widespread within two to three agricultural seasons Objective 2 will depend on the capacity (in terms of resources) the national potato platform to implement actions/recommendations. Objective 3 is achievable if the project can strengthen (with additional resources) and priorities some key strategic areas identified such as skill building in production of diverse foods, increasing income status of women and addressing social cultural barriers through active engagement of cultural and religious leaders. Risks identified were; Negative impact of climate change on productivity: Farmers are still reliant on rain-fed agriculture. IFDC has observed reductions in famer yields between 2015 and 2016, which can largely be attributed to unreliable rainfall patterns. This is concern for the PNSP project that requires improved understanding of climate change adaptation at the farmer level coupled with broader mitigation efforts that are outside the scope of this project. Unrealistic quality standards for seed potato: The certification of seed requires several inspection visits from MAAIF and lab testing for potato diseases, however, at present this system is not functioning. The acceptance of Quality Declared Seed (QDS) at the national level as an alternative to certified seed is a step in the right direction for seed potato producers, however, the system also has yet to be fully tested in the seed potato sub sector and DAOs have not yet been trained to assess for QDS of seed potato. Competing potato stakeholder collaboration initiatives: This has not emerged because there have been efforts to coordinate with other actors such as FAO and Uganda Agribusiness Alliance at the national level through the UNPP. The module proposed some adjustment to the indicators has been made by GIZ. This will require additional resources to reach the anticipated number of beneficiaries in the agriculture and nutrition components.
Value chains, Nutrition