Potato processing in Nairobi, Kenya: current status and potential for further development

Wallingo A.M., Alexandre Claudie, Kabira J.N., Ewell P.T.. 1997. Potato processing in Nairobi, Kenya: current status and potential for further development. Lima : CIP, 48 p. (Working Paper Series : CIP Social Science Department, n. 1997-6)

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Autre titre : Transformation de la patate à Nairobi, Kenya : état actuel et potentiel pour le développement futur

Abstract : A market survey identified potato products and characterized the potato processing industry in Nairobi. Potato products produced and sold locally include chips, crisps, #bhajia#, #chevra#, and some frozen French fries. Chips (USA, French fries) and bhajia are fresh potato products cooked and sold immediately where made; their production involves very little mechanization. Crisps (USA, chips) processing, on the other hand, is a 6-step process and this product is marketed in supermarkets and kiosks. The market for chips is broad, but the need is currently met by lowtechnology vendors as opposed to industrial producers. Crisps appeal more to high income groups, with about 1% of the annual national potato production going to make crisps in Nairobi. Frying oil and fresh potato constitute the most expensive processing components followed by labor, energy, equipment, and packaging. Processors of both chips and crisps preferred a particular potato type, although crisp processors were very specific about the qualities necessary for a high quality product. The major constraint identified by processors was the low quality of fresh potatoes. Other problems included the high capital investment required to purchase modern equipment, constant power failures, and water shortages that result in high losses. Nonetheless, the crisps and chips industry is an expanding market with unrealized potential. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Patate douce, Igname, Traitement, Aptitude à la conservation, Propriété technologique, Secteur agroindustriel, Contrainte

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Kenya

Mots-clés complémentaires : Chips

Classification Agris : Q02 - Food processing and preservation

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Wallingo A.M.
  • Alexandre Claudie
  • Kabira J.N.
  • Ewell P.T.

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