In the face of climate change and volatile global food prices, the potato is becoming an increasingly important crop for Kenya in guaranteeing food security for their growing population.
On Tuesday the 29th of November 2016, IPM and Kevian signed an MOU to establish a joint venture to develop seed potato production in Kenya. Established in 1992, Kevain food group are a leading producer of natural health drinks across East Africa, sourcing most of their ingredients locally from small scale growers in Kenya. As Kevian began expansion into the potato processing sector, it became apparent that small scale farmers were unable to source certified seed of desirable varieties to supply the emerging potato processing sector.
IPM have been introducing new varieties to Kenya since 2014 and have teamed up with Kevian to begin the production and distribution of certified seed of improved potato varieties to small scale growers.
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