GCAP is leading a DFID-funded project to develop climate services to increase the resilience of Kenya’s potato sector – working with our partners Climate Yetu, the Kenyan Meteorological Department, and the UK Met Office.
Kenya’s potato sector growing rapidly, and is the 2ndmost important food crop in the country, behind Maize. It is highlighted as part of the Kenyan Government’s ‘Big Four’ agenda. Currently, however, climate change is only weakly integrated into the sector, and there exists a huge opportunity to make improved use of climate information in business decisions to both increase production and reduce losses. When farmers suffer losses, primarily as a result of floods or drought, the impacts cascade along the value chain. Farmers suffer a direct loss of income, potato aggregators have to increase prices, and processors reduce production, and may ultimately be forced to lay off staff if they are unable to source enough potatoes at a reasonable price.