It’s a sub project under the Calories and Household Incomes from Potato subsector (CHIPS) project being implemented by our company and Kilimo Trust / Comic Relief. The main objective is to increase the income of 3688 smallholder farmers of potatoes in Njombe and Mbeya, 1500 Small-scale retailer and vendors of potatoes in Dar es Salaam through increased trade volumes, and improving their competitiveness and efficiency in production and trading of potato and potato products.
Project Achievements so far:
This project has managed to work directly with more than 4200 farmers of Irish potatoes through their FBOs in both Mbeya and Njombe regions through the linkage of Kilimo Trust.
A total of 1960 (69% women and 31% men) small scale vendors and retailers of Irish potatoes in Dar es Salaam are working directly with the project.
A total of 1735 (67% women and 33% men) small scale vendors and retailers of Irish potatoes in Dar es Salaam region have been capacitated on business development, record keeping, financial literacy, weights and measures and good food handling practices.
Every month an aggregation of 382 metric tons of Irish potatoes is done through a consortium of the company, SRVs and the farmers.
Through linkage by the company, business loans have been disbursed to small scale retailers and vendors of Irish potatoes by MFIs and FIs in Dar es Salaam.
A total of 50 women groups of 15 members each have been formed; these groups are both savings and credits groups as well as processors of potato products.
This project has created employment to youth within the region of Dar es Salaam. Up to date, the project is working with 1,103 youths amongst our small scale retailers and vendors.