Food loss-reducing intervention strategies for potato smallholders in kenya—a positive business case with reduced greenhouse gas emissions

Han Soethoudt, Bob Castelein*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper is focused on intervention scenarios for smallholder potato value chains in Kenya that improve yields, reduce losses, minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase economic performance and food security. For that, business models and GHG emission estimates are developed, based on the existing data, combined with relevancy and time-to-impact analysis using practical real-life information from stakeholders in the potato sector, which is the second largest agricultural crop in Kenya after maize. The results show that profitability, environmental improvement and food security can go hand in hand with realistic short-term interventions for potato production at smallholder farms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1857
JournalAgronomy
Volume11
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Food loss
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Kenya
  • Potato
  • Smallholder farming
  • Sustainability

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