|CHIPS is a four year project aimed at improving the livelihoods of 20,000 smallholder potato farmers and 15,000 small scale potato retailers and food vendors in Tanzania by increasing productivity, efficiency, profitability and volumes of businesses involved in the potato value chains in response to market demand.
To deliver this ambitious output as well as deal with other challenges facing the potato value chain in Tanzania such as limited business partnerships resulting to weak linkages to markets, and the small scale nature of production making aggregation and other Post Harvest Handling (PHH) very expensive; the project is employing the consortium model. This model builds business clusters anchored on a potato processor and or trader who has forward linkages with national and regional end markets. The processor and or trader then commits to backward linkages with producers of potatoes to supply the demanded quantity and quality. Other partners in the cluster are providers of support services such as
|Some of the participants listen keenly to the proceedings during the launch of CHIPS project finance and technologies, inputs and training. CHIPS project is being implemented by Kilimo Trust in collaboration with Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA) and Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) Uyole.
The project was launched on 4th March 2016 in a stakeholder consultative and buy-in meeting in Njombe Town. Participants included: farmer representatives, district government officials from Southern Highlands Zone (Mbeya Rural, Njombe Town Council, Ludewa and Wanging’ombe), researchers (CIP), and processing companies (Prince and Pierre Investments Limited and Sai Energy and Logistics Limited).
||Other companies represented in the meeting were; Potato Competence, Mutanga Farms Limited, Yara Tanzania Limited, Syngenta Tanzania Limited, Obo Investments Limited, Diamond Trust Bank Limited and Luonnosta Tanzania Limited. Development organizations working in the potato sector also attended the meeting, including; SAGCOT Centre Limited, Njombe Agricultural Development Organization (NADO) and Cheetah Development.
CHIPS is a private sector led project and has so far attracted the interest of companies that are willing to form and be part of the consortium. These include; potential lead firms - Prince and Pierre Investments Limited and Sai Energy and Logistics Limited-; input supply companies; Yara Tanzania and Obo Investments Limited, and financial institutions – Diamond Trust Bank Limited.