In Tanzania, The Netherlands has been an important stakeholder in promoting and developing the production and use of the potato crop. The Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Tanzania, Wiebe de Boer, want increased attention for the importance of the crop.
He says in Tanzania, potato crops is predominantly smallholders in a low input-output farming system. As a crop, the potato has the potential to make a significant contribution to food and nutrition security because it is a nutrient-dense food and can be well suited to the local farming systems.
With the availability of improved Dutch potato seed varieties, farmers have an opportunity to increase efficiency in farming which will trigger more investments and trade within and across the sector creating an immediate and long-term impact on income generation, employment and entrepreneurship, food insecurity, and climate change resilience, especially for the participation of small-holder farmers.