Rapid Reconnaissance of the Value Chains for Tomato and Green Leafy Vegetables in Nigeria


May 22, 2023 - Peyton Ellis, Rabi'u Ibrahim Ya'u, Aisha Ibrahim, Abdulmalik Y. Bashir, Victoria Olotunmogun, Olubukola Oyediji, Itohan Martins, Robert Onyeneke, Mark Amadi, Chukwuemeka Emenekwe, <reardon@msu.edu>,<lliverp@msu.edu>, and <wineman1@msu.edu>

Key Messages

•In mid-2022, RSM2SNF conducted a rapid reconnaissance of the value chains for tomatoes and green leafy vegetables (GLVs) in the states of Ebonyi, Kaduna, and Oyo.
•In total, 138 semi-structured interviews were conducted with key informants from nano, micro, and small enterprises across all value chain nodes.
•Challenges related to transportation costs and inefficiencies are most common in all states, reflecting the far-reaching impact of poor road networks and high vehicle and fuel costs.
•Food safety concerns are noted at the transportation stage, where tomatoes are often stored in baskets with little ventilation, and at the wholesale and retail stage, where the produce is often packaged and arranged without following safe food handling and proper storage practices.
•The lack of proper storage containers also brings high rates of spoilage, a cost that is borne by transporters, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers. Spoilage further occurs at the wholesaler and retailer nodes due to a lack of storage space.



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