In Kenya smallholder farmers provide nearly 70% of all food consumed locally representing an integral part of food value chains. However, they represent the most vulnerable communities and face the greatest challenges in terms of their livelihoods and resilience. By working with farmers in rural Kenya, we would like to drive agribusiness growth through sustainable and holistic approaches to improve productivity, resource-efficiency and resilience.
Soybean is a smallholder friendly crop with around 40% protein content, higher than from other protein sources. It also has great potential for improving soil fertility through its biological nitrogen fixation. Such properties make soybean an important crop to provide an affordable protein source especially in rural areas and contribute to increased farm productivity in a country like Kenya where protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) is a major issue and soil fertility continues to decline.
GREENING THE ECONOMY
Agriculture is the mainstay of the Kenyan economy as it provides income to the majority of the Kenyan population. We consider that a critical factor in achieving the 10 per cent annual economic growth rate as outlined in Kenya’s Vision 2030 blueprint is the transformation of smallholder subsistence and cash crop agriculture into an innovative, commercially-oriented modern agricultural sector. Given the high correlation of economic growth to the development in agriculture and the importance of the sector in absorbing the labour force, investing in rural agribusinesses is essential for greening the economy as a whole. Our sustainable agriculture-related investments could mitigate the impact of climate change, promote more sustainable farming and boost productivity.
We support farmers improve their farm productivity through sustainable agricultural practices.
We promote local processing of soybeans into composite flours, soy milk and beverage.
We create awareness about the nutritional as well as economical value of soybeans.