In 2017, 2.7 million people were identified as having insufficient food in Kenya.[i]
We are actively involved in empowering locals by providing access to a higher income. We have undertaken research in partnership with USAID and the Kenyan Horticultural Organisation and have identified the benefits of developing passionfruit plantations and providing training and resources to local farmers so that they are able to alter their land.
We currently have a project planned to construct three greenhouses to procure passionfruit seedlings. These seedlings will be distributed to 720 selected farmers (1:1 male to female ratio) for them to plant on their own land. We have partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Programme (“KHCP”) who will provide 8 technical staff to assist 12 Wamulu staff in training the farmers how to grow and care for passionfruit orchard. After the first year of training is complete, the selected farmers will then each teach a group of 30 farmers so that the knowledge can spread through the region. The final reach of this programme will be 10,800 farms by the end of three years.
Together with KHCP we will develop a marketing strategy and collectively purchase the passionfruit from the farmers to ensure they are paid a fair wage for their work.
Our goal is to create a self-sustaining income stream for the farmers in the region that no longer rely on external resources to make an income. We hope that this programme will increase the incomes of the farmers and enable them to be economically empowered.
Together with USAID, through their KHCP programme, we have an operational seed nursery that sells passionfruit, mango, pawpaw and avocado seeds to several counties in Western Kenya. We have reached 35,000 farmers through this facility.
For the year ending 31 December 2017, we received total income of KSHS 1,346,000 (~USD $13,400) from the sale of orchards and seedlings. We hope to expand this revenue base to facilitate more development projects in the future.
[i] Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Kenya and FAO – Partnering to build resilience and food and nutrition security, August 2017.