Start Date 01.01.12: End Date: 30.12.14
Current Beneficiaries: direct ; 296
CARE Kenya has along history of work in the agriculture value chains as part of the Making markets work for the poor programme theme. With the objective to promote ethical trade with Africa that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable, the Danish Consumer FDB /Coop has formed a partnership with CARE and a Kenyan company ,Sunripe ltd. ,which is Coop?s primary African supplier of fresh, exotic vegetables. The partners have developed the present pilot initiative Kilimo Biashara - meaning commercial farming in Kiswahili - which aims to increase sector competitiveness of the fresh export sector and to improve the livelihoods of Sunripe?s out growers. The project will work towards this by addressing key bottlenecks in the value chain for sugar snaps, green beans and baby corn thereby improving the return on invesments for primary producers, Sunripe and Coop and strengthening the livelihoods of out-growers. This project currently works with 296 farmers in Kirinyaga , Nyandarua and Nyeri counties.