A recently introduced potato variety

Photo credit: CGIAR

Thanks to resistant potato varieties, Late Blight disease is no longer a serious threat to these farmers.

In pictures: tenfold potato yield in Lushoto, Tanzania

‘Asante’ means ‘thank you’ in Swahili. Yet, for farmers in Usambara, Northern Tanzania, it means more than that. ‘Asante’ now also describes a recently introduced potato variety, which is helping the region become climate-smart.

Potato farmers in Lushoto, Tanzania expect to harvest ten times the usual potato yield despite heat increases and unreliable rainfall patterns. This follows successful action research trials conducted by these farmers together with researchers from the International Potato Centre (CIP), Selian Agricultural Research Institute of Arusha (SARI-Arusha) and Agricultural Research Institute of Mbeya (ARI-Uyole). Their work was supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa.

Read about the trials conducted in 2014: Improving potato yields for farmers in the Usambara Highlands

See the text: CCAFS-CGIAR 

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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