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Market and value chain analysis of potato in Nepal

November 14, 2017 1:35 pm

The District Agriculture Cooperative Federation (DACF) in Makawanpur was established in 2010 and represents 17,000 household members in Nepal via a number of member cooperatives.

Potato is one of the main crops in this vegetable production area and a major part is produced for the market. The cooperatives do not have their own collection centre and cooperative marketing shop. Besides, there are no storage facilities at the farm or at the community level and no collective marketing system is in place. Therefore, members are forced to sell individually through middlemen who determine the agreements, among which the potato market price. The members are unaware of market prices and demand of customers. Currently, they are not able to have a viable collective marketing strategy, which is what is needed to face these challenges. The cooperatives could play an important lead role in improving the position of the potato farmer members. Via the ESFIM project, a profound value chain analysis on the potato production and marketing is conducted. Outcomes will be an evidence-based understanding of the whole chain and flow of products including power issues and relevant input for the strategy of the cooperatives and the supporting role of DACF.

The research project started in 2017 and is expected to finalise early 2018.