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Within Kenya’s agriculture sector, the vibrant horticulture sub-sector is the largest one. As some 80 per cent of Kenya’s work force engages in farming or food processing, the relevance of horticulture as a driver for development can hardly be underestimated. Production for both export and domestic consumption have been increasing for years, which provides opportunities for farmers and agribusinesses along various value chains. However, climate change is causing change in seasonality and more irregular rainfall patterns, as well as more floods and droughts. For that reason, innovation is required to be able to reach the full potential of fresh fruit & vegetable production and marketing in Kenya.

HortIMPACT is implemented by a SNV together with Solidaridad, HIVOS and Delphy and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project started in January 2015. HortIMPACT capitalises on opportunities in the Kenyan horticulture sector that also addresses key challenges. The project focuses on the development of fruit, vegetable, and potato value chains. HortIMPACT does this by taking a business case approach. Companies have to come up with at least 50% of the budget, while SNV is able to invest the rest. All the business cases are led by companies that can play an important role in supporting small and medium size commercial farmers to develop their business. This way the investments of companies that SNV partners with are geared towards achieving development objectives. The pivotal role of companies is key to make sure that investments that benefit farmers will be sustainable in the long run.

In this programme SNV works mostly with Kenyan and Dutch companies. The Netherlands has an internationally renowned horticulture sector. HortIMPACT provides an opportunity to build on Dutch expertise and knowledge to apply technologies and methods that support horticulture sector development in Kenya. There is a focus on applying innovations that contribute to increased incomes for farmers and agribusinesses. 
Each business case that HortIMPACT supports needs to address one or more of three themes that are central within the project: 
  • Inclusion of SME farmers in domestic and export markets
  • Improvement of food safety through integrated crop management practices.
  • Reduction of food losses and improved efficiency in supply chains.

Together with entrepreneurial small and medium size farmers, and Kenyan and Dutch Agri-businesses, HortIMPACT promotes innovative solutions and technologies from the private sector that improve production and help build inclusive market growth.

The programme supports private sector agri-business to showcase innovative and commercially proven technologies and services to entreprenurial small and medium size farmers, enabling them to improve productivity, enchance food saftey and reduce post harvest food losses. This in turn supports farmers to secure profitable access to domestic and export markets. The programme also brokers domestic and export market linkages, and builds business networks for small and medium size farmers. 

Through cooperation with national and county government agencies, the programme also aims to formulate and implement policies that support the inclusion of small & medium size farmers, and stimulate market growth. HortIMPACT will share the knowledge and insights gained from these business cases with farmers, domestic and Dutch Agri-business, and policy makers to scale up and extend the approach.

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Promoting inclusion for smallholder farmers


Improving food safety


Reducing post-harvest losses

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Increasing income for
Reduced pesticides use by
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made from tomatos otherwise wasted
Creating a market for
mango farmers
“Creating a win-win for farmers, agri-business and consumers.“

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