This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8297: Development of private sector service
providers for the horticultural industry in Kenya.
Small companies are springing up in Kenya to help growers comply with
international food safety standards. The export market for fresh
vegetables is fairly well-developed but small growers are often left out
when it comes to know-how on food safety and hygiene, and consumer
preferences. But, by following advice from new small businesses, more
than 23 farmer groups in the Central, Eastern and Rift Valley provinces
have become certified, and more are in the pipeline. These business
services spread very quickly to the Rift Valley, Coast and Western
Kenya, and are rapidly expanding to other areas. Private-sector
extension services could have a major impact on smallscale horticultural
producers in East Africa, particularly for high-value crops where
producers are more able to pay.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (11 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP64, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 95.