Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP)


The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project improved food security and nutrition, and raises incomes for more than 200,000 smallholder farmers. The project helped farmers grow more and better quality fruits, vegetables, and flowers, with a special focus on strengthening the value chains related to eight crops: sweet potato, Irish potato, passion fruit, mango, banana, tomato, cabbage, peas, and beans. The project also expanded the processing of horticultural produce, linking small-scale farmers with local and export markets, and improving the overall agricultural policy environment.

Activity Description

Activities were aimed to:

  • Enhance farm productivity by providing training in crop production skills, innovative technologies, and farm business management;
  • Increase processing and value addition by educating farmers and food manufacturers to improve postharvest handling, grading, processing, packaging, branding, and risk mitigation;
  • Advance marketing and trade through linking smallholders to local and export markets and providing technical assistance in standards certification and compliance;
  • Develop the business and policy environment by stronger linkages among growers, processors, exporters, policy makers, and other stakeholders, to make the Kenyan horticulture industry more competitive;
  • Improve family nutrition by integrating basic food safety and hygiene alongside training in food preparation and a diversified diet into every rural household impacted under the project;
  • Empower women and youth by creating more income generating opportunities and jobs along the value chain and improving access to resources and decision making equality.

Expected Outcomes

  • 200,000 farmers with increased food security and incomes
  • Strengthen linkages between growers and processors, and provide specialized training and technical assistance to national institutions and trade associations
  • 140,000 rural households benefiting from U.S. Government intervention

Actual Outcomes

  • 93,899 individuals have received short-term agricultural sector productivity or food security training
  • 5,274 food security private enterprises (for profit), producers organizations, water users associations, women's groups, trade and business associations, and community-based organizations receiving U.S. Government assistance
  • 206,977 households benefiting from U.S. Government intervention

2010 - 2015

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