Calories and Household Incomes from Potato Subsector (CHIPS)

Calories and Household Incomes from Potato Subsector (CHIPS)

  • Countries :Tanzania

Overview:

CHIPS was a four-year project (2014 to 2019) aimed at improving the livelihoods of 20,000 smallholder potato farmers and 15,000 small scale potato retailers and food vendors in Tanzania through increasing productivity, efficiency, profitability and volumes of businesses involved in the potato value chains in response to market demand.

The project goal:

The overall goal of this project was to double the incomes of Small-scale Farmers.  

Project outcome:

  1. Effective collective marketing/procurement of outputs and inputs by strengthened formal and financially viable small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), trading associations and/ or cooperatives of Smallholder Farmers (SHFs), and Small-scale Retailers and Vendors (SRVs).
  2. Increased supply of market preferred potato and potato products by Smallholder Farmers, Small scale Retailers and Vendors.
  3. Increased competitiveness and efficiency of trading in potato and potato products through sustainable business consortia.
  4. Increased equitable involvement of women and youth in decision making and access to resources and benefits of potato value chain.
  5. Improved capacity of KT and its partners in the development of SRVs business and trade associations for trade-based food security in EAC.

What has been achieved:   

  1. Income increment for farmers, retailers, and food vendors by 75%, 95% and 52% respectively.
  2. Farm level yield increment from 9MT/ha to 13.1MT/ha.
  3. Input cost reduced by 26% due to collective procurement of inputs and outputs.
  4. A total of 18,186 farmers, 7,343 retailers and 7,620 food vendors were reached with project interventions making total of 33,149 beneficiaries.
  5. A total of 4,819 farmers accessed 3,152 MT of fertilizers through collective procurement from 15 input suppliers; 33.2MT valued at TZS 54,860,000 (GBP 19,640) was accessed by 152 farmers through inputs pre financing.
  6. A total of 1,157,041 mini-tubers (potato seed at very early stage) was produced under the project by TARI- Uyole and Beula Seeds Co. LTD. 
  7. Mamujee Africa LTD - a new potato crisps processing factory in Dar es Salaam – contracted Lusitu Agribusiness Group (LAG) to supply 50MT of Sagita variety per month.  The company pre-financed the group to the tune of TZS 8,000,000 (approx. GPB 2,640) to procure seed from Tanzanice Agri-foods LTD.
  8. Business plan development for Lusitu Agribusiness Group and Beula Seeds Company have enabled the two companies to acquire tractor loans with combined value of TZS 150million (GBP 49,754). LAG received their tractor loan from Njombe Town council via the women and youth fund while Beula Seeds obtained their loan from CRDB Bank.
  9. In CHIPS project supported the access to finance for 754 retailers who received loans amounting to TZS 1,498,776,000 (GPB 536,559) from VIBINDO Microfinance,
  10. A total of 13,415 farmers were trained on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), 10,863 on Good Post-Harvest Handling Practices (GPHH) and 13,997 on Farmer Business School (FBS). In addition, 11,390 retailers were trained on Business and Entrepreneurship skills, 7,541 on use of standard weights and measurement and   11,570 on Group formation, and 6,751 on Good Food Handling Practices.
  11. A total of 245,919 MT of market preferred ware potato collectively procured by traders, retailers and Acla Honey Enterprises directly from farmers. Out of these volumes traded, 127,496.6MT are ware potatoes of market preferred ware potato collectively aggregated and sold by farmers in the project.

Contact Person

Rachel Ajambo - rajambo@kilimotrust.org

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