Affordable, Aflatoxin-free Fortified Groundnuts’ Products for Base of Pyramid BoP Consumers in the Semi-arid Counties of Meru and Tharaka Nithi (A2FG for BoP Consumers)

Affordable, Aflatoxin-free Fortified Groundnuts’ Products for Base of Pyramid BoP Consumers in the Semi-arid Counties of Meru and Tharaka Nithi (A2FG for BoP Consumers)

  • Countries :Kenya

Overview:

This groundnut project is a one-year (2020-2021) sub-grant project aimed at supporting smallholder farming households and other value chain actors in Tharaka Nithi and Meru Counties of Kenya to take advantage of opportunities available in groundnut value chain in the region. The project is implemented by Kilimo Trust in partnership with Batian Nuts Ltd as the groundnuts off-taker and funded by International Fertilizer Development Center (on behalf of the 2-SCALE program consortium).

The project goal:

The overall goal of this project is to incubate and accelerate inclusive businesses through partnerships with companies and producer organizations (POs) that want to build commercially viable strategies in African food industries through sustainable sourcing, based on mutually beneficial relations with smallholder farmers and other local micro-,small- and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs); and/or by serving local and regional Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) markets with nutritious food products.

Specific Objectives are:

  1. to support partnerships with significant potential to improve the terms of inclusion of smallholder farmers and other MSMEs in target food value chains,
  2. to attract and employ the youth,
  3. to engage and empower women,
  4. and to improve food and nutrition security, both at grassroots level and at the consumer end of the value chain.

Project outcome:

The partnership between Kilimo Trust and Batian Nuts Ltd is aimed at developing affordable, aflatoxin-free fortified groundnuts’ products (energy-dense, micronutrient enhanced pastes) for Base of Pyramid BoP consumers in the semi-arid counties of Meru and Tharaka Nithi. These products will be consumed at household level and through institutions (schools and hospitals). The focus will be working with the women traders and SHFs (especially women and youth).

Activities are to be implemented by KT:  

  1. Conduct an inception meeting with stakeholders and plan for the implementation of the activities including defining roles and responsibilities.
  2. Streamline the business and financial model of Batian through delivery model analysis and generate appropriate recommendations.
  3. Promote integration of groundnuts in the household diets in Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties - develop leaflets for home utilization of groundnuts.
  4. Strengthen Small Holders Farmers (SHF) groups on leadership, governance, gender/youth and business skills: train 150 group leaders (50% female, 40% youth-f/m) on governance, leadership, financial sustainability.
  5. Conduct soil analysis for aflatoxin in Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties and based on the results, make recommendations for appropriate Aflatoxin management interventions.
  6. Train 2,000 (50% women, 40% youth-f/m) SHFs on production, Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and post-harvest and aflatoxin management
  7. Facilitate access to affordable financial services for Batian, Micro- Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and SHFs- by facilitating meetings with potential financial institutions and report on the financial services accessed by Batian, MSMEs and SHFs.
  8. Facilitate 3 governance meetings among the partnership actors and provide reports of the same.
  9. Organize Year 1 review and documentation of achievements-
  10. Facilitate a review meeting and provide report of the same
  11. Coordinate and lead a publication of one success story on Seeds of Gold (Daily Nation Newspaper).
  12. Provide progress reports on the activities’ implementation, achievements, collect M&E data, and any other recommendations for improvement.

What has been achieved so far:

  1. Buy-in meetings with potential value chain actors: Twenty-Two (22) one-on-one meetings were organized with various actors in groundnut sector including producer organizations, financial institutions, relevant government institutions and other service provider institutions like agro-inputs shops (commonly known as Agrovets) and technology providers, before the project inception meeting was held.
  2. Project’s governance committee members (50% women) were elected from amongst the participating value chain actors and supporters to oversee the project’s activities.
  3. Developed a manual and leaflets for home utilization of groundnuts.
  4. Seventy-six (76) institutions (68 FBOs, 1 Mechanization provider, 4 Financial Institution and 1 aggregator, 2 Farm input Suppliers) were profiled. A total of 2759 SHFs (293 young male, 784 senior male, 399 young female, and 1,283 senior female) are part of the project where 61% of the beneficiaries are women and 25% youth.
  5. 176 (29 young women, 82 senior women, 24 young men and 41 senior men) value chain actors were trained on FBO and project governance.
  6. 1,843 (236 young males, 455 adult males, 293 young female and 859 adult females) producers and other VCA were trained on GAPs and GPHH (with emphasis on aflatoxin management).
  7. Four (4) major financial institutions have been engaged to train farmers on financial management as well as offering financial services. These are: Trans-National SACCO, Equity Bank (Foundation), Times-U SACCO and Juhudi Kilimo.
  8. 270 SHFs and other VC actors have been reached by financial institutions. These engagements were slowed down by Covid-19 pandemic.
  9. 29 learning sites established. Of the 29 demos, 13 were hosted by males while 9 hosted by females. Conservation Agriculture (CA) technologies were demonstrated in these learning sites.
  10. 2.7MT of certified groundnut seeds was accessed by the farmers within the project area. The varieties accessed were majorly Egerton University Groundnut II and Egerton University Groundnut I.
  11. 5 days-study trip to Kerio Valley held in which (12) SHF from both Meru and Tharaka Nithi were facilitated to visit and learn from their counterparts in Kerio Valley who are already servicing multiplication contracts with Egerton Seed Unit.
  12. 45.5 acres of land put to seed multiplication in partnership with Egerton University.

Contact Person

Anthony Mugambi - amugambi@kilimotrust.org

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