Private sector serves horticultural industry in Kenya. Validated RNRRS Output.

Abstract

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

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.

Citation

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.

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