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Classic Foods entered in partnership with Enhance Business Solutions to provide training program under PPP between farmer cooperatives/ collectives under a program titled

TARGETING IMPROVED RURAL FOOD SECURITY IN PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP THROUGH ENHANCED CROP PRODUCTION, VALUE CHAIN ADDITIONS AND POST HARVEST CROP MANAGEMENT

To help the communities gain through significantly by increased food security, jobs and enhanced revenues.

The program provides capacity building and farming techniques training and follow-up monitoring and mentoring through cooperatives and collectives to 5,000 smallholder farmers in eleven (11) target areas located in the Ukambani, Rift Valley and Eastern/Central regions of Kenya.

It is designed to work with the rural communities through cooperatives and collectives.

In order to lower the costs of training it will be implemented by means of efficient TOT methods with group trainers being developed to train others.

The program is designed to deliver the following:

 

  • Food security
  • Improved farming techniques that deliver long term benefits
  • Improved soils management and conditioning by use of organic fertilizer and correct use of tilling, crop rotation and pesticides.
  • Sustainable high yield organic farming
  • Diversification of commercial crops to include indigenous drought resistant types
  • Improved and better nutrition through supplemented meal and other grain products
  • Quality animal feeds for improved milk yields and animal nutrition
  • Direct to Farmer Economic gains
  • Higher farm gate prices,
  • Greater and more direct access of farmers to markets,
  • Collective purchasing strengths and beneficial pricing
  • Gender and Youth empowerment
  • Family based Financial and Business capacity building
  • Linkages and supplemental programs for renewable energy and environmental improvements.

The focus of the program is to secure permanent change in rural farming practices and thereby to improve rural food security by crop diversification, improved yields (crops and milk), and organic soil management and beneficiation techniques. The program is based on a training process and regime that empowers both genders, youth and farmers in the regions through technical crop management fertiliser and pesticide application, and financial and business management and control of resources and incomes.

A specific target of specialized training will be the rural (village) schools, which typically grow their own food for feeding pupils, and provide an early life training opportunity to the pupils. The gains in economic efficiency obtained by a more rugged and stable supply and process chain are passed onto the end consumer and the farmer resulting in economic gains at the production side and greater price stability at the consumption side.

The basis of the program is commercially based and therefore benefits more than just the farmers enrolled in scheme; it creates jobs (within Classic Foods Limited) and other organisations, in manufacturing and distribution activities, and provides opportunities for independent agents associated with direct farm interaction. Being commercially based the program should become self-sustaining (i.e. not requiring outside funding) within the 10-year project time frame considered by EBS. It is estimated that by directly working with 5,000 target farmers the following members of the rural communities should be benefited (assuming an average family size of 7 members (Father, Mother, elder, children)

In addition there shall be (presently non-quantified) job creation throughout the value chain that shall directly benefit the employed and their families. By introducing new crops overall nutrition quality shall improve significantly by means of new nutritionally beneficial flours and meals, and the availability of locally produced oils and animal feeds.