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Creating Wealth with Seed Potatoes in Ethiopia

Roger Bymolt

The project “Wealth creation through integrated development of potato production” (WCPP) was aimed at addressing constraints faced by potato producers in Ethiopia, and in doing so improving the wealth and livelihoods of potato producers. The project ran from 2008-2012.

The project was funded by the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and implemented by the International Potato Centre (CIP), who partnered with the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Holetta Agricultural Research Center of EIAR, Ministry of Agriculture and Solagrow PLC (a private seed potato producing company). The project was in West Shewa Zone (Cheleya and Tikur- Inchini woreda2), South West Shewa (Wonchi woreda), Guragie zone (Gumer and Geta woreda), and Tigray Zone (Atsbi woreda).

The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, was commissioned to carry out an independent evaluation of the project to measure change and document lessons from the intervention. This was carried out in April 2014.

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