Sweet Potato Value Chain Development Programme (2018 - 2022)

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Programme Summary

The Sweet Potato Value Chain Development Programme (2018 - 2022) is a project aimed at mapping and uniting all actors involved in the sweet potato industry in order to establish, nurture, and structure a national sweet potato value chain development programme. The ultimate goal of the project is to create a commodity association that will drive the growth and development of the sweet potato sector in the country.

The project recognizes the potential of the sweet potato value chain to contribute to food security, income generation, and rural development. By bringing together all stakeholders, including farmers, processors, traders, researchers, policymakers, and other relevant actors, the project aims to facilitate collaboration, knowledge sharing, and coordination within the value chain.

Through the project, efforts are made to establish and nurture a national sweet potato value chain development programme. This programme serves as a strategic framework for the sustainable growth and development of the sweet potato industry. It includes interventions focused on improving productivity and quality of sweet potato production, enhancing post-harvest handling and processing techniques, strengthening market linkages, promoting value addition, and supporting policy and regulatory reforms.

Specific objectives

1. To mobilize sweet potato farmers in all the programme areas to form and register at least 90 sweet potato farmer’ groups.
2. To train farmer groups in group dynamics, business plan development and enterprise development.
3. To train farmers on good farm management, pre harvest and post harvesting techniques. This will aim to increase production.
4. To register all the farmer groups into a national sweet potato commodity association.
5. To guide the commodity association in selection of their leaders at county level and national level

Expected outcomes

Unlike other thriving value chains in Kenya, the envisaged National Sweet Potato Development Council of Kenya, will lead to an inter-linked set of outcomes on the livelihoods of the rural
individuals and women including:
1. Increased income of those selling sweet potato with particular advantages for women who often take the lead in managing this crop.
2. Reduced cost on food of those purchasing sweet potato roots and other related products.
3. Increased utilization and enhanced nutrition for those producing and purchasing sweet potato.

Implementation Approach

a) The Sweet Potato farmers make acquaintances and start building and expanding mutually beneficial networks
b) Short-term: National Stakeholders Consultative platform at the National level for the pioneer Focal Counties from across the country.
c) Medium term: County level Stakeholders platform. Each of the county leaders pioneers to find, map all existing partners in the counties. The activities of the forum will be
coordinated by KENAFF County coordinators.

Key components/ main activities

  • Build capacity of sweet potato farmers on how to generate and adopt homegrown innovations for holistic sweet potatoes value chain development (agronomic skills, business skills and business plan development, community seed system, market evaluation, value addition)
  • Enhance sweet potato productivity and strengthen farmers’ capacity to generate and adopt agri-innovations for sustainable sweet potatoes value chain in 16 focal counties in Kenya



Alignment to the:

  • Strategic Pillar 2- Members' services
  • Strategic Pillar 3-  Contribute to a sustainable Kenyan agri-food system 
  • Strategic Pillar 5-  Farmer-driven climate action and resilience building against shocks and emergencies 
  • Strategic Pillar 7-  Partnership and Collaboration 

Target counties

  • Kisumu. 
  • Migori
  • Homa Bay
  • Siaya.
  • Kisii.
  • Nyamira.
  • Kakamega.
  • Bungoma.
  • Busia.
  • Vihiga.
  • Elgeyo Marakwet .
  • Nyeri.
  •  Embu.
  • Meru.
  • Tharaka Nithi & Embu


2018 - 2022

KENAFF Programmes Manager

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