Organization: Animal Draft Power Program (ADPP)

Key Objectives: Product Development and Diversification in Nyanza

Background: Animal Draft Power Program (ADPP) is a local NGO that was founded in 1986 to improve food security in South Nyanza through the use of animal traction. During its 20 year history, ADPP has diversified its activities while maintaining a focus on improving farmer access to improved agricultural technology. With considerable experience in mobilizing producer groups and delivering services that are needed and appreciated by the farming community, it has built an extensive network throughout the districts where it is active. Through its farm input supply centers in Homa Bay, Suba and Rachuono districts, AGA provides input and extension services and maintains close relations with growers.

ADPP through AGA is active in the promotion of commercial agriculture in the region and has undertaken capacity building in agribusiness/enterprise development through funding provided by a Belgian NGO, Blue Eagle Foundation, and Heifer International. ADPP was one of the first organizations to respond to the USAID funded Kenya Horticulture Development Project (KHDP) call for collaborating partners in 2004 and has since demonstrated that they are a well-managed organization and well-positioned to increase growth and positive impact in the area. The purpose of this award is to continue the good work done with ADPP previously, consolidate gains made in technology demonstrations and training activities, and increase positive impact. The partnership with USAID-KHCP is expected to deliver the results based on the very positive experience of the previous awards, and have a significant impact on farming practices, farm family income, and food security in Nyanza.

ADPP is working in the Nyanza Region.

Period of Contract: October 2010 and be completed in September 2013

Organization: Canken International Ltd

Key Objectives: Enhancing Export Horticulture in the Rift Region

Background: Canken International Ltd is a cargo handling company at the Eldoret International Airport. The company has a cooling facility at the airport able to handle 230 metric tons (MTs) of fruits and vegetables and another 110 MTs of flowers. They have established markets for vegetables and fruits in the Middle East. The proximity to the market and the ready availability of farmers around Eldoret make it possible for Canken International Ltd to provide a market for smallholder farmers in the region. The company has been exporting fresh products since 2008. In 2008, they exported a total of 226 MTs of fresh products (passion fruits, French beans, snow peas, garden peas, sugar snaps, baby and mother carrots, butternut, mango and baby corn); in 2009, they exported 327 MTs of the products. The total investments so far put in place at the airport stands at 100 million shillings. In order to utilize all the cargo space on planes which bring in dry cargo to Eldoret airport, Canken International Ltd needs to achieve critical mass of at least 40 MTs per week using a combination of their own produce from farmers and flowers from other exporters. Canken International Ltd has the capacity to buy fresh vegetables and fruits from farmers in the Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western Provinces. The USAID-KHCP award will assist in increasing the volume of horticultural produce sourced from smallholders while strengthening supply-chain management. Regular supply of quality and quantity of raw materials is the key to growing Canken International Ltd market share in the Middle East.

Canken International Ltd is working in the Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western regions.

Period of Contract: April 2011 and be completed in March 2014

Organization: Blue Rhino Consult Ltd

Key Objectives: Institutional Strengthening of Horticulture Industry Stakeholders

Background: Blue Rhino Consult Ltd (BRC) is a unique development based technical service provider established in 1995. BRC's primary objective is to enhance enterprise growth to increase incomes and employment opportunities for smallholder farmers, businesses and collaborating institutions. Their range of services include: institutional capacity building of business partners and farmer groups; value chain analysis and development; and design and delivery of customer based training for horticultural based and microfinance institutions, farmer based groups, community based organizations, and individual farmers. BRC also provides linkages for smallholder farmers to formal and informal markets and financial sources. Since its inception, BRC has provided both microfinance and business development services to a range of institutions both in Kenya and other African countries, including Tanzania, South Africa, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, and Democratic Republic of Congo. BRC's proven track record in managing capacity building programs is presented below: BRC was contracted by USAID Kenya BDS to design and implement its capacity building activities under its export/processing market linkage program for avocado smallholder farmers in Central Province, Kenya (2003-2006). BRC was contracted twice by USAID Kenya Horticultural Development Program (KHDP) during the period from 2007 to 2009 to strengthen capacity of horticulture farmer groups and its various partners. Based on its impressive track record and documented achievements, BRC has demonstrated capacity to undertake similar technical services under the new USAID-KHCP project. The primary goal of the proposed capacity building activities component of USAID-KHCP is to strengthen the institutional structures of its partners to enable them to improve on their production and marketing capacities while improving market linkages between smallholder farmers, suppliers and consumers. The capacity building initiative will also assist in the upgrading of the farmers groups to enhance their competitiveness and integration into sustainable value chains, thereby increasing rural household incomes.

Blue Rhino Consult is working in the Eastern, Rift Valley and Central regions.

Period of Contract: April 2011 and be completed in March 2013

Organization: Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers (KENFAP)/ Kenya National Potato Farmers Association (KENAPOFA)

Key Objectives: National Promotion of Irish Potato Production - Extension, Training and Market Development

Background: In 2004, as a joint initiative between the Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant stakeholders, the Kenya National Potato Farmers Association (KENAPOFA) was formed to articulate and redress the challenges facing the potato industry. At this time, there was a realization that a farmer-owned, farmer-controlled association was vital to represent potato farmers in all sectors of development. KENAPOFA currently has a membership of more than 10,000 individuals. Since its formation, the association has spearheaded various activities aimed at improving the status of the potato industry. KENAPOFA was instrumental in lobbying for standards and quality of potatoes which culminated in the development of Legal Notice Number 44 in 2005. This notice prescribes the rules and standards of engagement in the potato industry. KENAPOFA is affiliated with the Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers (KENFAP), which serves as the umbrella farmers' organization with members from 50 area branches, 23 national level commodity associations, nine cooperative societies and about 4,500 farmer groups. KENFAP's mission is to develop empowered Kenyan farmers with a strong voice. Key services offered by KENFAP include information dissemination, strategic orientation, capacity building in different areas, project planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation, and organizational development and institutional strengthening. KENFAP also offers backstopping services to its member's commodity associations - as it did previously through the Kenya Agricultural Productivity Project (KAPP) and currently through the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP). This support was channeled through KENFAP's financing structures, which also monitored the project implementation and financial accounting. KENAPOFA does not have administrative structures and that is why it functions under KENFAP. Therefore, it is natural to support the potato industry through KENFAP. The existing major private sector investors, such as Midlands ltd and Suera flowers, together with other interested organizations, will be invited to fully participate in field days, demonstration plots and value chain activities. These linkages will help identify additional and complimentary USAID-KHCP partnership activities to support the Irish potato industry in 2011 onwards.

KENFAP/KENAPOFA will be working in parts of Rift Valley and Central regions.

Period of Contract: April 2011 and be completed in March 2013

Organization: Kenya Rain Water Association (KRA)

Key Objectives: Rainwater Harvesting and Utilization

Background: KRA has 15 years' experience in implementing rainwater harvesting projects with poor, rural, water deficient communities. KRA has conducted research in consultation with research institutions, private sector, government departments and farmers. Through research, piloting, evaluation and improvement, KRA has been systematically developing and upgrading the rainwater harvesting package (farm ponds, micro-irrigation, and simple manual pump systems) proposed for implementation under KHCP in Ukambani. As a result, KRA has developed a design, construction process and maintenance procedure to optimize water collection and storage, water use efficiency, productivity, and environmental sustainability. The package is technically appropriate, economically cost-effective, socially acceptable, and environmentally friendly. On the drip irrigation technology, KRA, in collaboration with WAREM Consultants, has developed and promoted low-head drip irrigation technology through research and development of locally assembled drip irrigation kits of various specifications and sizes, depending on land sizes and type of horticultural crops to be grown. The drip system has proven very effective and sustainable. KRA's technical team is trained on various soil and water related fields, including soil genesis, soil chemistry, soil physics, soil mechanics and soil and water conservation. Their professional training also exposes them to soil and water management, engineering and land evaluation. KRA also draws expertise from its diverse membership, which consists of multi-disciplinary professionals who offer technical backstopping on various issues.

This partnership aims to introduce and train farmers on rainwater harvesting technologies and water utilization. This partnership will build capacity in rainwater harvesting among smallholder farmers, local extension staff and local artisans in the Eastern region. Rain fed agriculture systems will be upgraded with integrated rainwater harvesting systems and complementary technologies such as low-head drip irrigation. Beneficiaries will also receive complementary activities on in-situ soil moisture conservation.

Kenya Rainwater is working in the Eastern region.

Period of Contract: May 2011 and be completed in April 2014

Organization: Community Research in Environment and Development Initiatives (CREADIS)

Key Objectives: Enhancing Horticulture Crop Competitiveness in Western Region through Diversification and Value Addition

Background: Community Research in Environment and Development Initiatives (CREADIS) is a women-run community based organization in Kanduyi, Bungoma-Central, founded in 2000. CREADIS aims to empower communities to become self-reliant and drive their own development process, thus achieving sustainable development. CREADIS is registered as a national organization with mandate to work in Western Kenya and the North Rift. Some of the programs that CREADIS runs include the Sustainable Agriculture, Community Health and Nutrition program and the Environment Conservation & Management program. Since its inception, CREADIS has been actively involved in promoting root and tuber crops and bananas. One of its major achievements has been in the introduction of tissue culture bananas and orange fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSPs) through the farmer field approach, in collaboration with partners such as the International Potato Centre (CIP), The AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance (APHIA II) and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). CREADIS has led the dissemination and promotion of OFSP production targeting the most vulnerable members of society. CREADIS also has good working relations with the Minstry of Agriculture, KARI, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and other development partners such as Association of Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), GIZ, Catholic Relief Services and CIP. USAID-KHCP has identified CREADIS as a key local lead partner for implementing various activities in targeted districts including Bungoma, Busia, Teso, Mt. Elgon, Lugari and Siaya. CREADIS has experience in smallholder capacity building and provision of agricultural extension services working with a large network of farmers in Busia and Bungoma on both traditional sweet potato and OFSP. CREADIS will work and collaborate with other regionally based development partners such as Rural Energy & Food Security Organization (REFSO), MAHUDE, Appropriate Rural Development Agriculture Programme (ARDAP) and Western Region Christian Community Service (WRCCS).

CREADIS is working in Western region.

Period of Contract: April 2011 and be completed in September 2014

Organization: Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI)

Key Objectives: Production and Marketing of Tissue Culture Bananas in Nyeri District

Background: Africa Harvest Foundation International (Africa Harvest) is a non-profit organisation established in January 2002 to promote the use of advanced science and technology to improve agricultural productivity among Africa's farmers, and free Africans from poverty, hunger and malnutrition. Africa Harvest is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and has regional offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and Washington, DC. Africa Harvest has supported banana production and marketing using the value chain model, mobilized and organized more than 15,000 farmers into functional groups, and assisted in the planting of more than 400,000 tissue culture banana plants. The area under banana production declined sharply (by 41%) in the 1990s due to high incidence of pests and diseases (banana weevil, nematodes, sigatoka, fusarium wilt and cigar end rot), non-availability of disease-free planting material, poor agronomic and plant husbandry practices, and poor post-harvest practices. Eastern and Central Kenya have emerged as important areas for tissue culture banana production because of the favorable soil and climatic conditions. Africa Harvest has successfully disseminated the tissue culture banana technology to these regions. However, in Nyeri Region, where many households are food insecure, there remains an unexploited potential for banana production. Although the tissue culture banana technology carries with it the promise of doubling banana yields, substantial investment and appropriate crop husbandry is required to achieve these production gains, not simply the planting of improved material. The optimized whole value chain model will be used in implementation of this project. This partnership will provide training and access to improved planting material to farmers in the Nyeri District.

Africa Harvest is working in Nyeri District, Central region.

Period of Contract: April 2011 and be completed in September 2014

Organization: Woni Vegetable and Fruit Exporters and Importers Ltd

Key Objectives: Production, Certification and Marketing of Pulses, Chilies and vegetables

Background: Woni Vegetable Exporters and Importers (WONI), based in Kiboko, Makindu district, is a registered private company that has been exporting horticulture products since 1987. WONI has established well organized contract production with medium and small scale growers in the horticultural crops growing areas. Over 80% of their supply is from these contracted farmers. The company has established market outlets in the United Kingdom, France, Holland, Sweden and United Arab Emirates. They specialize in peas (French beans), Asian and local vegetables, chilies and baby corn. The purpose of their award is to increase the opportunities available for sustained income creation for smallholders. WONI will diversify marketing outlets for 50 smallholder farmer groups, through value addition, certification and compliance to Global/Kenya GAP . Small holder farmers will benefit from trials, demonstrations and commercialization of chilies, tomatoes, passion fruit, mangoes, paw paws, butternuts, pulses and Asian vegetables. This activity has a high potential for a strong positive impact on women and youth (which will make up more than 50% of the targeted beneficiaries) for income generation. WONI will strengthen its supply chain ensuring consistent and regular supply of raw materials thus increasing its income. The cost of technical services for sustainable development of smallholders will become more firmly embedded in the WONI foods procurement and processing systems.

WONI is working in the Eastern region.

Period of Contract: April 2011 and be completed in March 2014

Organization: VEGPRO (K) Ltd - Liki Outgrowers

Key Objectives: Enhanced Infrastructure and Certification for Export Vegetables Production

Background: Vegpro (K) Ltd is a major exporter of vegetables, fruits and flowers to the UK and Europe. The company was started in 1979 by the late Mr. K.C Patel and has grown steadily over the last 30 years to become a large exporter of premium and prepared vegetables conforming to global standards. Although 90% of the company's produce comes from its own farms, Vegpro has undertaken partnerships with small-scale farmers through the Liki-outgrowers Self Help Group, with the aim of facilitating the marketing of sugar snaps and snow peas (Mangetout peas).The partnership between Vegpro (Kenya) Ltd and Liki out-growers goes back to 2001. The small-scale farmers are located around Mt. Kenya region with individual groups distributed in areas around Naromoru, Matanya (sweet waters area) Timau and Meru. Vegpro has contracted 1,300 farmers in 25 groups for pea production. Each farmer has an average of one acre. Between 700 and 800 farmers are active at any given time of the year despite the challenging climatic conditions. The partnership with USAID-KHCP will help in providing specialized certification to growers on GLOBALGAP, unique in Kenya, and technology transfer using greenhouse tunnels.

VEGPRO (K) Ltd is working in Central and parts of Eastern province.

Period of Contract: April 2011 and be completed in March 2013

Organization: Analysis Strategies & Associates

Key Objectives: Production Baseline Survey

Background: Incorporated in Kenya in 2009, Analysis Strategies and Associates Ltd (AS&A) provides consulting services throughout Eastern Africa in the areas of research, data management and analysis, and business development trainings. In partnership with USAID-KHCP, AS&A conducted a detailed survey to establish baseline indicators, which will then be used to analyze the results of the project.

Period of Contract: Survey undertaken between November 01 - December 17, 2010.

Organization: TNS Research International Ltd

Key Objectives: Domestic Market Consumption Survey

Background: TNS Research International is the world's largest custom market research organization. With market research operations spanning over 80 countries, TNS boasts a powerful global network and rich market research expertise.

TNS Research International is working with USAID-KHCP to conduct a retail audit study. This study, which targets retailers of horticulture products in both urban and rural areas across the country, seeks to assess the volumes (kg) and value (Ksh) of products traded and consumed domestically. The survey, which will be made available to the public, also seeks to identify current challenges and constraints faced by the industry and understand what types of assistance retailers would like to receive from private and public sector organizations in order to address those constraints.

Period of Contract: April 2011 to March 2012

Organization: Wilmar Agro Ltd

Key Objectives: Promotion of Smallholder Flower Production

Background: Wilmar Agro Ltd is a major exporter of summer flowers to the auction market in Holland for over last fifteen years. Currently, the company sources 100% of its products from 3,500 contracted smallholders mainly in Central, Eastern and Rift Valley provinces. In 2009-2010, the USAID funded Kenya Horticultural Development Programme assisted the company to successfully pilot the supply of smallholder bouquet into 48 ASDA supermarket stores in the UK. The purpose of this award is to spread Wilmar's outreach to more farmers, expand the production base, diversify markets and products, increase volumes of flowers bought from smallholders, raise incomes and enhance Kenya's position as a leader in cut flower production. Existing and new farmer groups will benefit through training and technical assistance via demonstration and dissemination of information on modern farming technologies such as drip irrigation, charcoal coolers, shade nets, new varieties, integrated pest management and well-coordinated marketing and market information. Wilmar Agro is working closely with Blue Rhino Consult to strengthen existing and new farmer groups in areas of group organization and management, leadership, marketing, financial management and record keeping. New products with high market demand will be introduced to diversify products that smallholders can produce and spread risks. Food crops will be integrated with flower production through cooperation with other KHCP partners to ensure the farmers are food secure and also generate additional income.

Wilmar Agro Ltd is working in Central, Eastern, Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley regions.

Period of Contract: October 2010 and be completed in September 2013

Organization: Pwani Projects Development Consultants Ltd (PPDC)

Key Objectives: Promotion of Smallholder Fruit and Vegetable Production in North Coast

Background: PPDC was established in 2008 as a consultancy group to support the development strategies of a wide range of clients from the public, private and donor sectors. From their offices in Mombasa and Malindi, they provide a comprehensive range of both field and office-based services including entrepreneurship, agribusiness and food security interventions. PPCD's CEO, Ms. Beatrice Gambo, worked with the USAID funded Kenya Horticulture Development Project (KHDP) to provide agronomic, processing, marketing and business skills assistance to smallholders, both directly and through partnerships with other agribusiness stakeholders.

Building on the successes and lessons learned from KHDP, USAID-KHCP and PPDC have identified priority interventions in key crop sub sectors. These activities will achieve significant improvements in production levels and crop performance, reduce post-harvest losses and maximize farm incomes through targeted market linkage systems. The geographic coverage will be expanded to include new districts, namely Magarini, Tana Delta and Tana River, thereby extending outreach to new smallholder farming communities.

PPDC Ltd is working in the Coast region.

Period of Contract: October 2010 and be completed in September 2013

Organization: Sunripe (1976) Limited

Key Objectives: Expansion of sweet potato production and export capacity in South Coast

Background: Sunripe is one of Kenya's leading fresh produce exporters with an experienced technical team and an array of customers in Europe. While the company already buys the majority of its vegetable products from smallholder outgrowers, it is looking to expand its production base. It is confident of the market for sweet potato in Europe and will contract with growers who are compliant with trade standards to buy all product which meets specification. Sunripe has invested substantial amounts in development of sweet potato and other crops, and this partnership will introduce new technologies and new product opportunities for smallholders. Sunripe will work with KARI to establish long-term research trials for selection of improved varieties. The partnership will diversify export production from Kwale County and spread to other parts of the Coastal region. This will contribute directly to food security to the local communities while also reducing the net carbon footprint of Kenyan produce in Europe by increasing the exports of products by sea.

Sunripe Ltd is working in Eastern and the Coast region.

Period of Contract: October 2010 and be completed in September 2013

Organization: Dry Land Seed Company (DLSC)

Key Objectives: Enhanced supply of certified pulse seed in Eastern Region

Background: Dry Land Seed Company (DLSC) is a limited liability private company established in 2004 to produce and sell crop seeds adapted to dry land conditions. They have a main office and seed processing plant in Machakos, from which they support and distribute seeds throughout the Eastern Region. The seeds are developed in cooperation with Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) through a public-private partnership licensing agreement. All seeds are certified by the Kenya Plant Health Inspection Service (KEPHIS). DLSC has a retail store in Machakos but the majority of seed sales are to four major agro dealers for distribution to their stores located in the region. Dry Land Seed Company (DLSC) is the key local partner for implementing certified seed production and dissemination activities in Mwingi, Kitui, Machakos and Makueni. Existing farmer groups will benefit from new demonstration plots, trainings on certified seed production, organizational strengthening, and marketing. In addition, the licensed stockist in the region will be trained in the procedures of handling seed and some basic information on various crop varieties. This award will emphasize the production and access to certified pulse seed, increased incomes and promote greater food and seed security in the region.

DLSC Ltd is working in the Eastern region.

Period of Contract: October 2010 and be completed in September 2013

Organization: Business Initiatives for Survival and Eradication of Poverty (BISEP)

Key Objectives: Improved production of pulses, sweet potato and vegetables in the Eastern Region

Background: Business Initiatives for Survival and Eradication of Poverty (BISEP) is a well-respected and long established local Kenyan NGO with its operations office in Wote town. BISEP targets smallholder farmers and development institutions to increase land productivity amongst poor and smallholder farmers. BISEP traditionally works with community based organizations in five districts: Makueni, Kitui, Taveta, Wundanyi and Kibwezi.

The activities undertaken under KHCP will demonstrate and disseminate a variety of intervention measures designed to reduce the impact of climate change and improve natural resource management. These include the introduction of drought tolerant food crops like pulses, roots, tubers and traditional vegetables, complemented by water harvesting and soil nutrient enhancing technologies. Women play a major role in managing household food security and are major players in the value chain. Increased involvement of youth as entrepreneurs may improve their attitude and participation in household and local food security. They can contribute to crop production, soil and water conservation, value addition and marketing activities, as well as providing services to farmers and traders. The partnership with BISEP will utilize their strong links in the community with women and youth to provide significant impact to these priority groups.

BISEP is working in the Eastern region.

Period of Contract: October 2010 and be completed in September 2013

Organization: Ukamba Christian and Community Services (UCCS)

Key Objectives: Improved production of pulses, sweet potato and vegetables in Kitui and Machakos Districts.

Background: Ukamba Christian Community Services (UCCS) is the development arm of the Anglican Church of Kenya Dioceses of Kitui, Machakos and Garrisa DMA. UCCS has played a distinctive role in supporting vulnerable communities to address issues aimed at achieving improved livelihood in Ukamba region. UCCS is bringing on board a wealth of experience, having worked with community based organizations in the target areas of Machakos, Makueni, Kitui and Mwingi. In collaboration with other partners, UCCS have demonstrated water harvesting technology on sand dams and sub-surface dams. Under USAID-KHCP partnership, UCCS will increase the efficiency of water use from water harvesting structures through the introduction of drip irrigation kits.

UCCS is working in Machakos and Kitui Districts in Eastern region.

Period of Contract: October 2010 and be completed in September 2013

Organization: Good Neighbours Community Programme (GNCP)

Key Objectives: Smallholder Passion Fruit Production

Background: GNCP is a women-run community based organization in Naitiri, Bungoma North. It was established in 2004 on the premise that if neighbors learned from each other, together they could address poverty and rampant famine in the area. Through this approach, GNCP has been able to reach many farmers and help convert them from subsistence farmers into commercial growers. To broaden this impact and initiate further commercial activities, GNCP has identified passion fruit as a crop with huge commercial value able to contribute to poverty reduction and eradication. GNCP thus embarked on the process of ensuring that passion fruit was adopted as a commercial crop in the region. Recently, GNCP established a passion fruit nursery with support from GTZ/PSDA and USAID-KHDP (Kenya Horticulture Development Project), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and KARI Thika. This nursery can produce 100,000 seedlings annually to meet the demand for high quality planting material. Through this nursery, GNCP has developed a commercial process for supplying grafted seedlings to the growers. It has also continued to provide trainings and technical assistance to farmers who purchase materials from the nursery. GNCP was instrumental in establishing two other nurseries in Lessos, with funding from USAID and Kaimosi, that are currently producing 100,000 seedlings. GNCP trained participants on how to build the nursery structures and manage production on a commercial basis while mainaining high quality. GNCP has previously collaborated with KHDP and, through the partnership, over 3,000 households in 60 groups benefited. Because of GNCP's previous work in the region, technical knowledge, successful historical partnership with KHDP and devotion to food security and income generation through improved horticultural crops, it is highly suited to undertake this work. USAID-KHCP will build on the existing framework to ensure that the sources of planting material have the capacity to technically produce clean material and that farmers are equipped with the appropriate crop management skills.

GNCP is working in the Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western regions.

Period of Contract: October 2010 and be completed in September 2013

Organization: Mace Foods Ltd.

Key Objectives: Enhancing Export Horticulture in the Rift Region.

Background: Mace Foods Ltd is an innovative local company based in Eldoret that specializes in new agricultural products that can be grown competitively by smallholder out growers. From 2005-2009, Mace Foods Ltd collaborated with USAID funded Kenya Horticulture Development Program in the successful commercialization of African Bird's Eye Chili as an alternative new export product from the Rift Valley, Western and Nyanza regions.

The purpose of the KHCP and Mace Foods partnership is to increase the opportunities available for sustained income for smallholder outgrowers. New and existing farmers will benefit from trials, demonstrations and eventual commercialization of dried African indigenous vegetables, chili products, herbs, spices and other new products. The activity has high potential for a strong and positive influence on women and youth (who will constitute more than 50% of the beneficiaries) in relation to income generation. Mace Foods will strengthen its supply chain by ensuring consistent supply of raw materials from smallholder outgrowers, thus increasing production and income. The cost of technical services for sustainable development of smallholders will become firmly embedded in the Mace Foods procurement system. Mace Foods will also work in close collaboration with research institutions, agricultural input suppliers and other service providers to increase the quality of services delivered to growers.

Mace Foods Ltd is working in the Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western regions.

Period of Contract: April 2011 and be completed in March 2014

Organization: Vision for Economic Empowerment in Africa (VEEMA)

Key Objectives: Enhanced Performance of fruits, vegetables, pulses, root crops and cashew nuts in South Coast

Background: Vision for Economic Empowerment in Africa (VEEMA), established in 2008 by a group of ten families, has a strong base of expertise in the spheres of agricultural, business and micro-finance activities. VEEMA operations in the Coast have been conducted in partnership with a microfinance institution called Milango Financial Services Ltd and have provided technical training to more than 2,500 farmers and micro-entrepreneurs during the last 12 months. Within its Nairobi projects, it has been providing micro-enterprise interventions in the slums of Kibera and Mukuru, with 350 active borrowers operating under the Village Savings and Credit Association model. In the Eastern Region, VEEMA is combining microfinance and technical assistance packages for 250 farmers growing pulses.

The purpose of this award is to develop VEEMA's outreach to include more farmers, expand the production base, diversify markets and products, increased volumes, raise incomes from horticultural production, and enhance food security. Existing and new farmer groups will benefit through training and technical assistance via demonstration and dissemination of information on modern farming technologies such as drip irrigation, collection centers, shade nets, new varieties, grading shades, integrated pest management and well-coordinated marketing and market information. VEEMA will work closely with capacity building consultant to strengthen existing and new farmer groups in areas of group organization and management, leadership, marketing, financial management and record keeping. New products with high market demand will be introduced to diversify products and minimize risks. Root crops will be integrated through cooperation with other USAID-KHCP partners to ensure the farmers are food secure and also generate additional income during the next two years.

VEEMA is working in the Coast region.

Period of Contract: April 2011 and be completed in March 2014

Organization: Syngenta

Key Objectives: Horticulture Training Centers for Improved Agrochemical Management

Background: Syngenta International AG is the world's leading Agribusiness. With more than 25,000 employees operating in over 90 countries, Syngenta is dedicated to one purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers, Syngenta helps to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. Syngenta operates in East Africa through its wholly owned subsidiary, Syngenta East Africa (SEA). SEA business is managed out of hub offices in Nairobi and supported by representative offices in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. The countries covered are Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. In Kenya, Syngenta quality brands and crop solutions are available in almost all agrovets outlets throughout the country. The SEA office has 55 teams located across the country serving both large- and small-scale farmers. SEA sells crop protection products and hybrid seeds for the maize, cereals and horticultural crops. Syngenta Kenya has created a national distribution system known as ''Mazao" (yield), based on 25 countrywide partners who ensure that over 3,000 agricultural stockists and retailers in the country have access to Syngenta's products. These Mazao partners are geographically located in all parts of the country and will have experience and resources (such as transportation and agronomists) to further ensure downstream access of crop protection solutions and information at the retailer and farmer levels. Syngenta also hosts a training program for retailers and stockists, entitled Retail Engagement and Advancement Programme (REAP), to boost local knowledge in crop husbandry, product knowledge, new cropping patterns and safe-usage of chemicals. The purpose of this award is to leverage Syngenta's expertise in private sector led extension to train 8,000 new men, women and youth farmers in HR1 and SA2 areas in good agricultural practices.

Syngenta East Africa Limited will be working in the Rift Valley, Eastern and Western regions.

Period of Contract: September 2011 to August 2014

Organization: Appropriate Rural Development Program (ARDAP)

Key Objectives: Fruit and Vegetable Productivity Improvements in Busia County

Background: Since its establishment in 2000, the Appropriate Rural Development Program (ARDAP) has been providing agricultural extension and natural resource management programs in Busia and Kakamega counties, coordinated from its headquarters in Butula Division. ARDAP has extensive experience in smallholder capacity building, supply of farm inputs, and provision of agricultural extension services. ARDAP has developed a network of farmers that are ready to receive services to improve the quality of existing crops as well as adopt new crops. These interventions will help to improve food security and nutrition, income generation and employment creation. ARDAP will also provide a platform for horticultural development that will link a wide range of rural communities with key private-sector companies working throughout the various value chains. Complimentary linkages with the Ministry of Agriculture extension services and research organizations provide a framework for sustainable economic growth and an exit strategy for USAID-KHCP interventions.

USAID-KHCP has identified ARDAP as a key local development partner for implementing various agricultural activities in Busia County. ARDAP, in partnership with USAID-KHCP, will increase smallholder farmer income through training in good agricultural practices, business skills, new technology and access to structured market linkages.

ARDAP will be working in Busia County.

Period of Contract: September 2011 to August 2014

Organization: Farm Concern International

Key Objectives: Business Development Services in Nyanza and Western Regions

Background: Farm Concern International (FCI) is an Africa-wide market development agency. FCI focuses on developing pro-poor marketing models and strategic alliances to enhance economic growth among poor, smallholder communities. FCI is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and has implemented market development initiatives across Sub-Saharan Africa. Most notably, FCI has detailed experience in the core crops and geographical areas targeted by KHCP, as well as comprehensive knowledge of the key stakeholders in the value chains. FCI activities empower smallholder farmers to become competitive and attractive to investment from the private sector in various product value chains. Specifically, FCI identifies market opportunities while simultaneously building the capacity of farmer groups to fulfill these domestic and export opportunities.

Farm Concern International, will support USAID-KHCP Partners in Western and Nyanza regions to improve the competitiveness of smallholder farmers. FCI will build the skills of smallholder farmers to link to market opportunities through farmer group capacity building, technical training, gender and youth mainstreaming and nutritional activities.

Farm Concern International will be working in Nyanza and Western regions.

Period of Contract: September 2011 and be completed in August 2014

Organization: Anglican Church of Kenya - Western Region Christian Community Services (WRCCS)

Key Objectives: Fruit and Vegetable Productivity Improvements in Kakamega and Vihiga Counties

Background: The Anglican Church of Kenya -Western Region Christian Community Services (ACK-WRCCS) is a faith-based development organization formed in 1962 by seven western Anglican Church Dioceses. WRCCS was originally funded by World Neighbors in 1974. Since then, a German organization entitled Brot fuer die Welt (Bread for the World) has provided the mainstay of funding. The head office is in Kakamega town in Western Province. WRCCS has over 40 years of experience in provision of agricultural extension services and supply of farm inputs in Western Kenya. Although this organization was originally set up to promote food security and rural incomes through agricultural development, it has since diversified its activities to become an integrated community development service provider working in health, water supply, appropriate technology, savings and credit schemes and other income generating activities. The decades of support provided by Bread for the World is a testimony to the seriousness of WRCCS and the quality of its management. With long term regional presence and experience in farmers' mobilization and service delivery, WRCCS has built an extensive network of farmers throughout the districts of Hamisi, Vihiga, Kakamega, Lugari, Bungoma, Mt. Elgon, Mumias, Butere and Trans Nzoia, where it is active. WRCCS successfully implemented horticulture development programs for the USAID-funded Kenya Horticulture Development Program over a four year period from 2006 to 2010, entailing intensive demonstrations and training activities on product development, improved production technology and capacity building of farmer groups. USAID-KHCP has identified WRCCS as a key local development partner for implementing various agricultural activities in the Kakamega and Vihiga Counties. WRCCS, in partnership with USAID-KHCP, will increase smallholder farmer income by an average of 30,000 Khs through training in good agricultural practices, business skills, new technology and access to structured market linkages.

ACK-WRCCS will be working in Kakamega and Vihiga counties.

Period of Contract: September 2011 to August 2014

Organization: Streamlined Systems Ltd

Key Objectives: Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Study

Background: Streamlined Systems Ltd is a new specialized consultancy company, based in Nairobi, which provides unique services and business solutions to the produce sector throughout Africa. Streamlined Systems uses an investigative approach to improving work-flows and processes within and between companies and organizations. By utilizing a systematic and efficient method of analysis, the company helps to re-examine and re-design a company's critical business processes. Streamlined systems has unparalleled Kenyan agriculture expertise. Managing Director, Mr. Phil New, brings more than 20 years of Kenyan horticulture experience and 10 years of experience in senior horticulture management, having served as the Director of Operations for Everest Enterprises and the Technical Processing Manager for Homegrown Ltd. Mr. Rod Evans, a Streamlined Systems Ltd consultant, brings over 25 years of experience in Kenyan horticulture. Mr. Evans served several senior management position at Homegrown Ltd (Kenya) from 1985 to 2007 including; Managing Director, Director of Public Affairs and Director of Corporate Affairs.

The purpose of the collaborations is to anazlye the competitiveness of the Kenyan horticulture sector. Competitiveness is by its nature a relative term. As such, this analysis will benchmark Kenya's horticulture sector and supporting infrastructure (both 'hard' and 'soft'), to identify areas where the Kenyan horticulture sector is most in need of reform. Streamlined Systems will then propose specific, actionable activities to address these barriers to competitiveness in the Kenyan horticulture industry.

Period of Contract: September 2011 to December 2011

Organization: Earthoil Extracts Limited

Key Objectives: Essential Oils Processing, Marketing, Technical Assistance and Training.

Background: Earthoil Extracts Limited is an essential oil extraction company incorporated in Kenya in 2006. The organization delivers high quality ingredients to a wide range of industries in the natural cosmetic industry in the UK, United States and elsewhere.

Through the partnership with USAID-KHCP, Earthoil Extracts Limited contracts smallholder farmers to grow tea trees and other crops from which essential oils are extracted. Earthoil provides training and support for sustainable production and environmentally friendly practices, and farmers receive a stable and high-return income by selling the raw materials. USAID-KHCP and Earthoil will provide a jumpstart grant for 70% of the total seedling cost for the 3 year planting program as a revolving credit to Earthoil. USAID-KHCP will also facilitate access to finance for additional agro-forestry expansion, in collaboration with Earthoil, local institutions and the USAID-Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises project. Earthoil has also installed a distillation plant in Nanyuki to reduce the cost of transport, improve efficiency and quality, and enhance value addition.

Earthoil Extracts Limited is working in the slopes of Mount Kenya around Nanyuki.

Period of Contract: September 2011 and be completed in August 2014

Organization: Real Impact NGO

Key Objectives: Technical Assistance and Training to roll out Establishment of Positive Kitchen Garden Technologies.

Background: Real Impact is a non-profit subsidiary of the Real IPM Company, a Kenyan owned company established in 2004 and headquartered in Thika. It services the horticulture industry through production of beneficial organisms used in integrated management of pests and diseases. The company has a team of technical experts who offer training and technical advice to both large- and small- scale horticultural farmers. During USAID-KHDP, Real IPM successfully implemented a partnership to produce integrated pest management manuals for passion fruit and cashew and to develop a model positive kitchen garden and vermi-composting units. The company is highly respected in the horticulture industry locally and internationally and has invested more than $3 million in infrastructure and a modern laboratory.

In partnership with KHCP, Real Impact will produce high quality publications which will promote USAID-KHCP's contribution to safe use of chemicals in the industry; publicize the linkages between horticulture, health, and food security; and generate national interest in vermi-composting for low-cost, environmentally-friendly soil fertilization.

Real Impact is working in Central and parts of Eastern province.

Period of Contract: April 2011 and be completed in March 2013

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