Potato

Ethiopia has a very high potential for potato production and close to half the country’s current potato production comes from Amhara region.

Potato is most commonly cultivated among AgroBIG farmers in the irrigable areas of Mecha and Fogera districts. Ware potatoes and potato seed are cultivated.

Ware potato tuber yields average 127 quintals per hectare, while potato seeds yield only 53 quintals per hectare. Lack of adequate storage, packaging and processing facilities contribute to low yields.

Potato can generate more employment in the farm economy than many other crops and serve as a source of cash income for low-income farm households. Market opportunities are emerging for potato as a popular source of affordable food for growing urban populations. It can also offer opportunities for processing at an industries scale, for instance for starch.

Seed potato supply has, as yet, not been taken up by the seed companies and has thus been overlooked in the formal seed system. Consequently, the informal seed system still prevails in much of the country.

Read about AgroBIG interventions in the potato value chain:

Extract from the Potato Value Chain Analysis (2018)

Video on how AgroBIG-supported women’s groups and small entrepreneurs turn potato into delicious products to make a living.

Links to News pieces:

  • How Farmer Field Schools are improving the productivity of selected vegetables, including potato: here.
  • How on-farm trials have demonstrated the differences between improved versus traditional agronomic practices on the yield and market value of potato here.
  • How AgroBIG loan support boosts a young woman’s potato production business here.