Promotion of Nutrition-Sensitive Potato Value Chains in East Africa


PNSP-Uganda is designed to increase smallholder potato productivity and strengthen potato sector coordination while improving household-level nutrition through dietary diversification. The project will intervene in the highlands of Eastern Uganda, where potato production, marketing, and processing form a major source of income for smallholder farmers, traders, and processors. Additionally, the project will encourage diversified diets, particularly for pregnant and breastfeeding women through the integration of nutrition and potato productivity at the farmer business school and community levels. PNSP-Uganda is a four-year (2017-2021) intervention funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

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PNSP-Uganda Objectives

  1. Increase productivity of small-scale potato producers through capacity building in good agricultural practices and increased accessibility to quality seed potatoes.
  2. Strengthen coordination of the potato value chain through stronger public-private collaboration and national and regional platforms that guide sector governance and innovation.
  3. Improve the dietary diversity of vulnerable groups in Eastern Uganda.

Results Targets for PNSP-Uganda

  • 6,000 small-scale potato producers (at least 30% women) increase productivity by 40%.
  • Availability of quality seed potatoes increases by 200% in Eastern Uganda.
  • 50% of recommendations in the potato sector roadmap are addressed.
  • 10 trade or market deals are brokered at the regional level.
  • Six innovation projects are communicated through stakeholder platforms.
  • Dietary diversity improves in Eastern Uganda, and 5,000 households improve their knowledge about family nutrition.

Project Partners

  • Potato growers, particularly women potato farmers
  • Potato value chain actors, such as traders, processors, seed producers and retailers
  • GIZ
  • International Fertilizer Development Center
  • KIT Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands
  • Uganda National Potato Platform
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)