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Spirit Newsletter nº16 / March 2017

Dear Spirit Forum member,

Last month we launched new documents in the resources section of the Spirit portal. Especially, the document Participatory Evaluation of Resilient Potato Varieties in Climate-Smart Villages of Lushoto in Tanzania, which was aimed at developing more resilient potato varieties that can grow in both long and short rainy seasons and give higher yields.

Moreover, Kenyan Potato processors have signed contracts with 23,000 farmers to meet consumer demand. The contracts are being signed through the East Africa Potato Consortium that was formed in 2015 in a partnership between the NPCK, Grow Africa and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. The contracted farmers are from various groups and cooperatives in Meru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Bungoma, Bomet and Laikipia counties.

New topics were added to our LinkedIn group this month. Check out and join at East Africa Potato Value Chain!

Next 3rd-4th April, the International Workshop WID TOE 2017 on Dynamics of oasis territories and their environment will be held in Ouargla, Algeria. The workshop aims at taking stock of the following aspects: 1-Dynamics of exchanges, complementarities and conflicts in the Saharan oasis and territories; 2-Socio-economic analysis and its contribution to understand changing vocations of oasis, migration flows, local knowledge and know-how; 3-Measurement and evaluation of the sustainability of these territories, with a focus on challenges and impacts of water and soil resources.


Kind regards,

The Spirit Project Coordination Group

RESOURCES

Efficiency analysis of the agro-processing industry in Kenya
March 24 2017 by INKOA

This study sought to provide empirical evidence on technical efficiency levels and trend of the Kenya Agro-processing industry. The major problem of the agro-processing industry is that it has been inefficient in terms of value addition to the agricultural produce and Kenya is known to be a net exporter of raw agricultural produce instead of high-quality value-added products. This study sought to determine the efficiency estimates of the agro-processing industry and analyzed the trend in efficiency changes during the period under consideration. Panel data covering three years (2011, 2012, and 2013) for 41 firms in the agro-processing industry was collected from the Ministry of industrialization, Kenya Daily Board, Kenya Sugar Board, KTDA, KNBS and EPZ departments for the said periods. The findings showed that the agro-processing industry had an overall efficiency score of 44 percent. The efficiency score was distributed as 53 percent, 60 percent and 57 percent for the food, beverage, and non-food subsectors. This study concluded that an average 56 percent technical potentiality was not achieved by the agro-processing industry in the period 2011, 2012 and 2013. This study recommends that the policy export promotion of locally processed products of the Kenyan government should be complemented with an industrial policy that enhances the technical efficiency of local exporting firms to increase international competition of Kenyan manufacturers.

Entry into export markets and quality certifications: evidence from developing countries
March 24 2017 by INKOA

This paper investigates whether internationally recognized quality certifications can facilitate firms in developing countries to penetrate the export markets, a typical challenge owing mainly to information asymmetries on product quality. Applying a multi-level regression approach that controls for endogeneity to the 2006-2013 firmlevel and national-level data for 111 developing countries primarily from the World Bank Enterprise Survey, results indicated that adopting ISO certifications enable firms in developing nations to enter foreign markets. This underscores the importance of policymakers in developing countries to encourage their domestic firms to acquire internationally recognized certificates for both the firm’s and the nation’s growth.

Participatory Evaluation of Resilient Potato Varieties in Climate-Smart Villages of Lushoto in Tanzania
March 24 2017 by INKOA

This three-year study conducted by the International Potato Centre (CIP) in collaboration with Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) was based on demand by Lushoto farmers through the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This participatory action research (PAR) was aimed at developing more resilient potato varieties that can grow in both long and short rainy seasons and give higher yields. The approach involved training-of-trainers (ToT) and participatory varietal selection (PVS) experiments.  The training was supported by field experiments using the CIP Mother and Baby Trials model. The trials were carried out in five villages: Kwesine, Boheloi, Maringo, Kwekitui and Milungui. Experimental materials comprised six advanced and heat tolerant clones from CIP (CIP390478.9, CIP388767.1, CIP392797.22, CIP300055.32, CIP398208.29 and CIP397073.7), two local varieties (Kidinya and Obama), an improved variety recently registered in Tanzania (Asante) and a popular farmer’s variety but registered in Kenya (Shangii). A cross-analysis of field and culinary data combining quantitative and qualitative assessments from the three seasons of field evaluations showed a certain consistency in the high yielding ability and acceptability of four genotypes, namely Asante, Shangii, CIP392797.22 and CIP398208.29. The two clones were then named by farmers and proposed for official release while Shangii was proposed for registration for commercial use.

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NEWS

EVENTS

Farmers in Tanzania benefit from more resilient potato varieties

March 24 2017

Based on demand by Lushoto farmers, a study was initiated in 2013. This participatory action research (PAR) was led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in partnership with Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Lushoto District Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Cooperatives Office (DAICO), YARA Tanzania Limited, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Lushoto farmers.

Kenyan Potato processors contract 23,000 farmers to meet consumer demand

March 24 2017

Some 23,000 farmers in 13 potato-producing counties have signed contracts with various processors in Kenya to buy the produce to supply enough food to consumers. The contacts will be signed through the East Africa Potato Consortium that was formed in 2015 in a partnership between the NPCK, Grow Africa and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. The contracted farmers are from various groups and cooperatives in Meru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Bungoma, Bomet and Laikipia counties.

LEAP-Agri 2017 Call for Proposals on Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture for Nutrition and Food Security in Africa

March 8 2017

This call for preliminary proposals invites consortia composed of at least four research organisations and/or private and public practitioners from four of the partner countries (two African and two European) to submit project proposals for research and innovation in the countries concerned with an added value for the EU‐AU partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA). The proposal development and execution should be driven by local demand and include an approach that contributes to enhancing impact. Specific requirements for applicants may differ between institutes/countries.

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Africa Tech Summit London (ATSLDN)

From 20/04/2017 to 20/04/2017 — London, UK

ATSLDN is the leading African tech event in Europe providing unrivaled insight and networking with the African tech ecosystem. ATSLDN brings together 200+ tech leaders, international investors, entrepreneurs, African governments, trade bodies, media and leading ventures to drive investment and business between Africa and Europe.

Convergence Africa World 2017

From 05/04/2017 to 07/04/2017 — Nairobi, Kenya

The second edition of the expo, themed as "Connecting Africa" will showcase innovation and merger of technologies in Telecom, IT, Broadcast, Security & Surveillance, Mobile Money, Smart/Digital Cities, IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing and many more. The expo will bring together leaders from around the world on one common platform. It will serve as a stage for international companies who are looking forward to enter the booming african market. Focused business matching will provide an opportunity to network with industry bellwethers and establish new relationships.

Workshop on 'Dynamics of oasis territories and their environment' (WID TOE 2017)

From 03/04/2017 to 04/04/2017 — Ouargla, Algeria

The International Workshop WID TOE 2017 on 'Dynamics of oasis territories and their environment' will be held on 3-4 April 2017, in Ouargla, Algeria.

It aims at taking stock of the following aspects: 1-Dynamics of exchanges, complementarities and conflicts in the Saharan oasis and territories; 2-Socio-economic analysis and its contribution to understand changing vocations of oasis, migration flows, local knowledge and know-how; 3-Measurement and evaluation of the sustainability of these territories, with a focus on challenges and impacts of water and soil resources.

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