USAID-KHCP is implemented by Fintrac - a woman-owned company that delivers meaningful agricultural solutions to end hunger and poverty. Globally, Fintrac has increased incomes for 500,000 smallholder farmers in the last ten years, created more than 200,000 jobs in agricultural value chains, put 250,000 hectares of land under sustainable practices, leveraged over $150 million in new investment, generated more than $600 million in agricultural sales, and contributed to the food security of 3.7 million people.

In Kenya, USAID-KHCP has reached over 30,000 men, women and youth across six regions in the last year. The project is improving lives of smallholder farmers and their families through transformational activities by introducing new crop varieties, increasing the use of improved technologies, and scaling-up smallholder commercialization.

Recent highlights include:

  • Commercialized drought resistant Orange Flesh Sweet Potato root stock in drought-prone areas. Over 12 million vines produced and distributed so far to smallholder farmers, dramatically increasing commercial production.
  • Expanded passion fruit production into drought affected areas by disseminating high yielding, drought resistant varieties developed by KARI, with funding from USAID. Eight accredited nurseries have been established with monthly production capacity of over 100,000 seedlings.
  • Increased access to improved pulses varieties through commercial seed multiplication sites in semi-arid regions of Eastern Region. Worked with private partners to establish over 26 seed multiplication and demonstration sites with more to come.
  • Scaled up smallholder flower production with farmers supplying Mobydick and other varieties with strong income generation potential for multinational buyers, such as ASDA in the United Kingdom and Sam's Club in the United States.
  • Strengthened smallholder resilience to climate change through low-cost greenhouse production systems in Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western regions, enabling farmers to produce high quality tomatoes in controlled environments and earn premium prices for higher quality produce.
  • Introduced water harvesting technologies to thousands of farmers to mitigate the effects of climate change and generate additional income through out of season production. Trained smallholders in Eastern Region on simple, cost effective water collection technologies enabling them to conserve water resources, produce outside the normal season and cope with environmental shocks.
  • Launched the first-ever comprehensive market report on the Kenyan horticultural retail trade covering 8 products and over 1,650 markets. Monthly reports keep the industry informed of major developments and trends in the domestic retail trade.
  • Published landmark Regional Market Study, an unprecedented analysis of horticulture trade flows in key East African markets. The study identified carrots and processed juices as the two most under exploited opportunities for Kenyan horticultural producers.

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