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Impacting smallholder sorghum farmers through contract farming

Machakos County agripreneurs continue to show their resilience in the agribusiness sector despite the county being one of the arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya that are worst hit by the impacts of the climate change. This has been seen in the large production of sorghum by one Alice Mathingau, the founder agribusiness solutions. The company which is based in Machakos has contracted more than 2000 smallholder farmers in Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Meru and Tharaka […]

IT professional who owns a thriving flower business in Nairobi

Esther Wambui Kimani has turned her passion for flowers into a thriving business in Kenya. She is the owner of Merest Flowers, an enterprise that specializes in connecting cut flower growers, farms and plantations in Kenya with florists and wholesale flower buyers across the globe. Esther has been fond of flowers since she was young but the inspiration to turn it into a business came after an interaction with a friend who is a florist. […]

A family of local farmers producing export quality herbs

Do you remember the old adage, “The family that prays together stays together”? The same sentiment of strength and togetherness can be expressed in farming, too, if we say, “The family that farms together stays together.” And while it may not rhyme or be as spiritually significant, it really does matter that families stay together to farm and are kept on the farm – together. Kiburu Greens is a family effort of Susan, her siblings […]

From a bank manager to a dairy farmer

After five years in banking, Athanas Mbele Mwachia left his comfortable source of income to become a dairy farmer, an industry he describes as the real money-maker. I thought for me to go into business, I had to venture into an industry where much money is pumped in every day. For an average Kenyan family, almost seventy percent of their income is spent on food. This was my inspiration,” the founder of Taitan Farm Limited […]

Cibiya Farm Holdings quest to boost agribusiness sector in Kenya

Agriculture is the biggest contributor to Kenya’s economy, but the sector has not been fully exploited partly due to negative perceptions around it. Cibiya Farm Holdings Ltd desires to participate in changing that narrative by commercializing the farm and using modern farming techniques that will boost interest towards the agriculture sector both  locally and internationally. “It is important to positively participate in the call for Kenyan companies and the ‘Mwananchi’ to take centre stage as […]

A poultry outgrower scheme getting it right

A poultry farm in Nakuru Kenya known as Naxveg Kuku Fresh Limited has come up with an outgrower scheme model of business to help achieve numerous sustainable agricultural objectives for farmers. They supply the farmers with birds, inputs and improve sustainable sourcing practices by connecting smallholder poultry farmers into mutually beneficial partnerships with large buyers such as restaurants. This increases smallholder farmers’ incomes from improved yields and quality output, through access to credit and markets. […]

Monetizing local cereals for improved livelihoods

Food is an essential component of nutrition; food production in Sub-Saharan Africa however is on the decline due to persistent drought, frequent famines and misdirected policies that have adversely affected the traditional food systems. Nevertheless, one agripreneur Joseph Mburu is changing the tides with his startup enterprise Loftycraft investment. They deal with milling and value addition of agricultural products with the main objective of improving national food security and increasing potential health benefits for consumers. Their […]

Food processing company to add value to locally-grown cassava

Gladys Mwangi’s view of the cassava crop is beyond that of an orphaned crop for rural, poor African farmers.  As the founder of GIRAYS Limited, this full time farmer has found a niche processing cassava into flour, starch and animal feed and sees a bright future for Kenyan cassava farmers and processors like herself.  Cassava flour is not a common commodity in the market, but it is rapidly gaining popularity among the gluten free community. […]

Hunt for quality seeds gives birth to thriving agribusiness

Mrs. Njeru Mwihaki of Grace Rock Farms has only good things to say about her agribusiness venture. The startup which is based in Rironi, Limuru, Kiambu County and licensed by Agriculture Food Authority(AFA) specializes in producing quality seedlings of distinct vegetables, fruits and potatoes. Their main objective is to increase the volume and quality of organic seeds to improve agricultural production among small scale farmers. Recently crowned among the 200 beneficiaries of the agribusiness programme […]

Sunflower production empowering Machakos County

Community based organization, Leadership Training and Integrated Development (LITD), is keen on empowering Machakos County by creating job opportunities for the youth, a readily available market for farmers and also promoting a healthy lifestyle through sunflower production, processing and management.  Launched in 2011, the organization has recently shifted its focus from acting as donors towards the community and instead have introduced a sustainable project under their sunflower production through which both them and the community […]