This case study illustrates that new cultivars and labor-based technologies to improve the productivity of the farming systems are available in the region, and that they can be adopted rapidly by large numbers of farmers. The wider and more rapid adoption of yield-enhancing technologies is constrained by the size of the local market and limited effective demand and to some extent by the supply of affordable labor. Furthermore, in many areas of SSA, wars and natural disasters unfortunately seem likely to continue in the foreseeable future. Both potato and sweetpotato will have important roles to play as short-season, nutritious, locally available foods.
Authors: M.Tanganik, P.Phezo, P.T.Ewell, N.B.Lutaladio, G.Scott, M.Tanganik, P.Phezo, P.T.Ewell, N.B.Lutaladio, G.Scott
Subjects: Disaster relief
Publisher: International Potato Center
Publication Date: 1998
HOW TO CITE
Tanganik, M., Phezo, P., Ewell, P.T., Lutaladio, N.B. and Scott, G., 1999. The role of potato and sweetpotato in disaster relief: The case of Rwandan refugees in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire) 1994–1996. International Potato Center Program Report 1995–1996.