A new initiative to increase potato yields in Kenya using Scottish growing techniques has been launched by the Scottish Crop Research Institute.

Potato production in Kenya is currently blighted by viruses that attack seed potato stocks. SCRI's Scottish seed tuber production model hopes to establish virus-free production systems, leading to an increase in yields and farmers' incomes.

The two year project is funded by a £186,000 donation from the Monsanto Fund. Potatoes are Kenya's second most important crop, with 1.2 million tonnes grown annually.