Strengthening food, nutrition, and incomes security through sweet-potato and potato agri-food systems in Niassa and Inhambane provinces of Mozambique is a three-year project implemented by international potato Center (CIP) with support from the embassy of Ireland in Mozambique. The goal of this project is to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector in Inhambane and Niassa provinces of Mozambique into a source of food, increased and equitable rural incomes, employment, and empowerment of women and youth using nutritious high yielding roots and tuber crops namely sweet-potato and potato respectively. The specific objectives of the project are (1) enhancement of incomes and employment opportunities for smallholder farmers, youth, and women through better sweet-potato and potato market systems. (2) increased smallholder productivity and production of potato and sweet-potato through use of improved seed systems, technologies, and skills. (3) improved capacity to deliver potato and sweet-potato technologies to enhance agriculture transformation for development and resilience building. (4) improved evidence base on effectiveness and scalability of potato and sweet-potato technologies and delivery mechanisms to enhance food security, nutrition, and incomes. The key entry point for effective implementation of this project with both sweet-potato and potato (newly introduced crop) is a detailed study of potato value chain in Mozambique in general and Niassa and Inhambane in particular. It is in this background that the project intends to hire a high-quality consultant at PhD level to carry out a detailed potato value chain analysis in Mozambique and target provinces to inform the status of potato production, seed system and preferred varieties, opportunities, and constraints. The results of the consultancy helps to identify entry points for effective implementation of the new project supported by the embassy of Ireland in Mozambique.
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