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Spirit Newsletter nº8 / August 2016

Dear Spirit Forum member,

Last month we launched 10 new documents in the resources section of the Spirit portal. Especially, the document Strengthening linkages between small actors and buyers in the roots and tubers sector in Africa: Work plan for Uganda, which defines the work plan for the implementation of activities with the overall objective of increasing food security and incomes for small producers involved in potato sector.

Moreover, the MbeguChoice online platform has been launched to support farmers on the selection of seeds that suit their climatic conditions in Kenya. The platform, which has been developed jointly by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Agri Experience and seed companies, is expected to play a role in stepping up food production in the country by allowing farmers and local seed sellers to obtain a list of suitable seeds for specific weather conditions and soils.

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

On September 26-29 2016, the 3rd Meeting of the Section of Agronomy and Physiology of EAPR will be held in heart of the Baltics – Riga, Latvia. The Meeting will be focused on sustainable potato production and will cover such fields as organic and sustainable potato production, plant nutrition supply and irrigation, precision agriculture in potato production, tuber quality and nutritional compounds, plant physiology, seed potato production, socio-economic aspects of potato production. Attendants will have the opportunity to enjoy plenty of scientific talks and poster presentations, meet researchers, producers, experts from different countries, as well as to participate in scientific excursion and social events.



Kind regards, The Spirit Project Coordination Group

RESOURCES

Best practices for the handling of seed potatoes
August 30 2016 by Inkoa

The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for best practices forthe handling of seed potatoes from harvesting until planting.

This document is not intended to provide guidelines in respect of any procedure during the certification and testing of seed potatoes, since this information is contained in the South African Seed Potato Certification Scheme (Scheme).

Due to the fact that the production of seed potatoes and table potatoes takes place under different circumstances and there is no standard handling method for seed potatoes, certain principles are followed and the focus is on the availability of information with regard to production and handling conditions.

This document was compiled with the input of various role players in the value chain, namely seed potato growers, seed potato taders, table potato producers, and the Potato Certification Service. The document was subsequently accepted by the National Seed Potato Committee and approved by the Board of Directors of Potatoes South Africa.

Managing maturity to improve crop processing quality and storage
August 10 2016 by Makerere University
This is a project report which builds on work which was carried out on Agronomy and Storage for processing. The current study shows that, although the planting data and chitting treatments resulted in significant effects on fry colour during storage, the effects were small relative to the seasonal differences in fry colour that were observed during the study.
Strengthening linkages between small actors and buyers in the roots and tubers sector in Africa: Work plan for Uganda.
August 10 2016 by Makerere University

The document defines the work plan for the implementation of activities with the overall objective of increasing food security and incomes for small producers. The project focused on the potato sector.

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NEWS

EVENTS

Nyandarua farmers call for re-opening of potato processing plant

July 29 2016

Farmers form the major potato producing zone have voiced their anger at the closure of midlands processing plant leading to huge losses of the crop. They matched and complained of the staus quo.

Online platform to help farmers get quality seeds

August 6 2016

An online platform that helps farmers to select seeds that suit their climatic conditions has been launched. The initiative is expected to play a role in stepping up food production in Kenya. Poor quality seeds have for a long time been blamed for low agricultural yields and the new database is set to change this situation. The online seedbank known as MbeguChoice was developed jointly by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro), the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis), Agri Experience and seed companies. Kenya Markets Trust supported the project. The platform allows farmers and local seed sellers to obtain a list of suitable seeds for specific weather conditions and soils.

SPIRIT Project exhibits at the second Innovation Week

August 6 2016

The second Innovation week took place at the University of Nairobi Great Court, Main Campus and it attracted several companies and innovators across the country. SPIRIT project was among the exhibitors that graced the well-attended innovation week that ran from 1st to 5th August 2016.

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Agricultural show 2016 (Nane Nane)

From 01/08/2016 to 08/08/2016 — Mbeya

By ARI Uyole

International Union of Food Science and Technologists (IUFoST) Congress

From 21/08/2016 to 25/08/2016 — Dublin, Ireland

18th IUFoST congress opens at the Royal Dublin Society, Ireland-meeting of food scienctists all over the world

Nairobi Innovation Week 2016

From 01/08/2016 to 05/08/2016 — University of Nairobi Kenya

The University of Nairobi is set to hold its second innovation week this August. The Innovation Week has attracted five strategic partners; Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Ministry of ICT,UNICEF and KEPSA. These partners are contributing not only by funding the Innovation Week but more importantly in kind, by attracting the partners and other resources into the innovation week. SPIRIT project is set to participate.

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