Maximising incomes from sweet potato production as a contribution to rural livelihoods



This publication contains final project report on crop postharvest procedures in Tanzania. Crop perishability and problems with in-ground storage, fronts crops as seasonal and with consequent peaks and troughs in prices. Therefore appropriate form of on-farm fresh-root storage can enable farmers to market their produce at times outside the main harvest period, and so gain higher returns from their crops. Sweetpotato is a major staple food crop and income generator within Tanzania and East Africa. In warm areas produce storage is uncommon and farmers are also limited in SP storability knowledge. This article reports on technology need to enable farmers market their crops appropriately. Also included the various strategies applied to identify and design stage or focus area, implementation processes, and the various research activities conducted. As one of main finding is SP farmer was mostly on small scale this project concludes by outlining the uptake and impact assessment to ensure poor farmers maximize the returns with application of developed storage techniques.

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Authors: A. Westby, K. Tomlins, G. Ndunguru, T. Ngendello, Q. van Oirshot, E. Rwiza, D. Burnett

Subject: Storage and income generation

Publication Date: March 31, 2001

Publisher: Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich

Format: pdf

Language: English

Keywords: income, perishable, Postharvest, Root storage, Tanzania


Westby, A., Tomlins, K., Ndunguru, G., Ngendello, T., van Oirshot, Q., Rwiza, E. and Burnett, D. (2003). CROP POST HARVEST PROGRAMME; Maximising incomes from sweet potato production as a contribution to rural livelihoods. Natural resources Institute, UK. 58pp

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