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Potential determinants of profits and market efficiency of potato market chains in Uganda

June 22 2017 by INKOA
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The study aimed at understanding the level of inefficiencies in the potato market chain. Farmers sell potato to traders but continue to complain of limited market access and low profits. The purpose of this paper is to determine market efficiency and profits of the potato market chain, and factors that influence the profits. Design/methodology/approach: The study focussed on potato farmers, traders and small-scale processors. It was conducted in Kabale and Mbale districts being the major potato producing areas in Uganda, and Kampala being a major potato market. Data were collected from 180 farmers, 60 traders and 32 small-scale processors. Descriptive and regression methods were used to analyse the data. Findings: There were three major potato market chains and all were profitable and efficient. The farmer-buyer node was the most efficient (efficiencies of 128-159 per cent). The trader node efficiency ranged between 56 and 81 per cent. Sex of chain actor, group marketing, contract duration and distance to market were among the factors that affected profits. Research limitations/implications: Processors considered were those operating on very small scale, hence results do not apply to large-scale processing. Consumers were not included but the data and results are adequate for the study objective. Originality/value: This paper provides empirical information that serves as a basis to adopt market options for increased benefits to various chain actors.


Gender-differentiated trait preferences for sweetpotato varieties in Tanzania
January 11 2022 by INKOA

This report is an update of information on gender-differentiated producer and consumer preferred characteristics of sweet potato conducted at the Lake Zone of Tanzania.

How sustainable is your company?
December 22 2021 by INKOA

A guide to conduct an environmental diagnosis in horticultural processing MSMEs, developed by Horti-Green project (ENV/2017/391-383)

Potato-legume intercropping enhances climate resilience and adaptive capacity of smallholder farmers
February 13 2021 by INKOA

In this research brief, two potential roles of potato-legume intercropping are reported: (i) improved control of soil erosion to make potato production more sustainable in the highlands; and (ii) optimizing soil temperatures, soil water contents and soil nutrient balance thus enabling potato production in the drier midland agro-food systems. The results are derived from six separate studies conducted between the 2014 wet season and 2018 dry season in Kenya.

Individual ambient ware potato storage excels in Uganda
December 28 2020 by INKOA

Improved individual ambient storage units allow proper ware potato storage, are easy to maintain and help smallholder farmers fetch higher prices; more education and suitable financial products are needed that entice farmers to invest in these units to enable greater profitability.

How to read a food label
October 13 2020 by INKOA

This brochure, developed by Horti-Green project (ENV/2017/391-383), provides an overview of the information that food labels should contain.

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