Analysis of the potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) value chain in Zimbabwe

O. Svubure*, P.C. Struik, A.J. Haverkort, J.M. Steyn

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The performance of the Irish potato sector in Zimbabwe is not well understood. Using value chain analysis, this article evaluated the potato industry using quantitative data gathered from stakeholders using structured questionnaires, field observations, local knowledge and expert consultation. About 65% of potato production is processed as French fries and less than 35% for household fresh consumption. Average fresh potato household per capita consumption was 34 kg per year, while the total per capita consumption was 9 kg per year. Gross profit estimated at each linkage was at least 13%. Major factors impacting on the value chain performance relate to high production costs, low yields and a lack of farmer training. Potato marketing is also hampered by the poor road network in the country. The research recommends a lowering of production costs, supplying high yielding cultivars, providing credit facilities, guaranteed land ownership and improving the country’s road network.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalOutlook on Agriculture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Gross margin
  • Production chain
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • SWOT analysis


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