Avocado fruit business is growing rapidly in Kenya with small-scale farmers reaping profits from this investment.It is viable with benefit-cost ratio>1 and affordable initial capital requirements.Demand projections for the consumption of Kenyan grown Hass avocado fruits locally and internationally is increasing due to its inherent characteristics and adherence to Organic production.
This agri-enterprise is ideal for Kenyan farmers and buyers finds them at their growing regions.The cost of production is low as it requires less labour,it is a perennial crop, resistant to diseases and pest which gives Kenyan farmers comparative advantage and well placed for organically grown Hass avocado.
As an agricultural organization,we work to enhance diverse seed access to our farming communities.Thus we have positioned our operations to bridge the gap for Kenyan farmers in accessing grafted Hass avocado seedlings.We work closely with Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate and Horticultural Development Authority.This way our farmers will embrace this agro-enterprise and earn $2.00 per day from 15 trees which is above world poverty index.
Accessing local seeds varieties for planting is hard.This has made many to wonder where they can easily get them.We bridge this gap by working with farmers on saving indigenous seeds to conserve agro-biodiversity.Stockists in
agroshops avail to the market hybrid seeds making local seeds unavailable.Also bulk planting materials from cuttings,tubers etc are left out as formal seed sectors prioritize seeds which are easily handled.This contributes to genetic loss of these materials and limits food sovereignty.
Contact us to obtain local seeds and other planting materials from our farmers’ database system.some of local seeds include;maize,beans,wheat arrow roots,cassava,sweet potatoes,yam,spider weed,amaranthus,black nightshade ,sorghum,millet,wheat,pumpkin, tree seedlings among others.
The Seed Savers Network database captures information on unique seeds to ease traceability and link the supply to the demand. Some of the crops and seeds that farmers have provided for our database include vegetables like amaranths, spider plant, black nightshade, cabbage, kale, onion, garlic, lettuce, coriander, California wonder and chia seed; root crops like carrot, arrow roots, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, yam, and cereal crops; 10 local maize varieties including sorghum, pearl millet, and finger millet; 40 varieties of beans including saitoti, kibuu, gifamu, nyayo, wairimu, mwitemania, ayub, kiburo, and noe; and fodder crops like Boma Rhodes, calliandra, desmodium, vetiver grass, and nappier grass. Information in the farmers database helps to link supply to demand in the informal seed sector (open source seeds). This database facilitates farmer to farmer seed trade and exchange which is important because local crop seeds and planting materials are not available in the conventional market. This database provides potential buyers with information on how to contact farmers and what they produce.
Our database includes over 2,500 farmers spread across Kenya in the rift valley, and central, eastern, and western Kenya. So far, this information has enhanced our agribusiness market linkages. For example, through online advertising of farmers produce and unique seeds interested buyers can reach farmers easily. Francis Ngiri, pictured above, benefited from this program when he was connected to a buyer in Nairobi who purchased chia seeds worth KSh 3,600.
To promote this and other Seed Savers work and to provide additional information to farmers online we have been working to increase our social media presence. Our Facebook audience currently stands at 300 people and we have been posting photos from advocacy and extension activities on agro-biodiversity conservation and food sovereignty twice per week. We have also created a twitter account allowing farmers to receive Seed Savers tweets for free via SMS once they follow our twitter handle. These tweets provide farmers with ecological agriculture farming tips and market information from Seed Savers extension staff at their convenience.