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Private sector service for the horticulture industry

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Type of Publication:
Working Papers & Briefs
Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Type of Risk:
Managerial & operational
Brigitte Nyambo
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya

The recent expansion in the export horticulture sector in Kenya has provided smallholder farmers with exciting opportunities to boost their farm income. However, increasingly demanding requirements for produce to conform to standards in the EU market threaten to exclude many of these farmers who currently provide 75% of the fresh produce. Extension services are unable to assist the smallholder farmers in becoming compliant; this jeopardizes farmers’ income and implies loss of employment opportunities in small/ medium units. Therefore R8297 is working to establish private service providers for advice, input supply and plant protection through hands-on training to ensure that smallholders can comply with rules and regulations of the trade.