The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP) is a five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) initiative helping small farmers and allied agribusinesses take advantage of local, regional, and global market opportunities. Designed on the premise that the horticulture industry can be transformative for rural income, employment generation, and food security, USAID-KHCP focuses on:

  • Enhanced productivity
  • Increased value-addition
  • Improved value-chain coordination, marketing, and trade promotion
  • Improved business environment, and institutional capacity

USAID-KHCP is implemented in cooperation with Kenyan private and public sector partners and actively encourages women and youth to participate. It is part of the US government's Feed the Future initiative, and provides technical assistance, training, and cost-shared grants to improve competitiveness and livelihoods throughout Kenya's provinces.

Strategic Support

Farmers, farmer groups, and related companies interested in participating are encouraged to contact project offices directly. USAID-KHCP's primary interventions and services are:

  • Product Diversification - Promoting high-value crops suitable for smallholder production, commercialization and value-addition.
  • Market Diversification - Meeting immediate and growing demand for fresh and processed products domestically, regionally and in the US, as well as strengthening EU market share.
  • Technology - Transferring production, processing, and postharvest technologies through demonstration- based training.
  • Market Intelligence - Creating a state-of- the-art national production and market intelligence system.
  • Standards - Consolidating domestic and international standards and supporting compliance to improve market access while also protecting consumers and the environment.
  • Infrastructure - Supporting development of new wholesale markets and product handling facilities, and cost-sharing investment in affordable, on-farm postharvest infrastructure including cooling huts, collection sheds, and portable packhouses.
  • Policy - Providing analytical support to government and trade associations on enabling environment issues.
  • Smallholder Business Development - Training in organizational governance, recordkeeping, financial management, and contract negotiations for grower associations, with an emphasis on women and youth.

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USAID-KHCP and its partners are improving access to soil analysis services for farmers like Mary throughout Kenya. More than 4,000 farmers have been trained on its benefits, and more than 670 farmers have joined her to improve their farm productivity.