Hortinet is building a more inclusive and sustainable agricultural value chain in Malawi: In its supply chain, the enterprise supports local, mainly female smallholder farmers and young entrepreneurs. In cultivation, it reduces water usage and fuel consumption through gravity-fed irrigation systems; and up the value chain, it avoids high post-harvest losses and offers local fresh produce to a market relying on imports
Hortinet cultivates horticultural produce and provides training in organic agronomic techniques and skills to smallholder farms in Malawi. The produce collected from the Hortinet farm and outsourced ones are then processed and packaged to be sold to urban markets through the enterprise’s network of distribution, substituting imported produce.
The company involves young entrepreneurs in organising produce collection from outsourced farms. Hortinet’s low-cost and sustainable irrigation technologies and conservation agriculture are saving input resources and increasing productivity.
The enterprise is building a more sustainable agricultural value chain from improved water usage and lower fuel use through gravity-fed irrigation systems to avoid commonly high post-harvest losses and offers local fresh produce to a market relying on imports.
- Scale-up production in order to reach annual sales revenues of USD 250,000.
- Enrol 5,000 producers under its out-grower programme by 2016.
- Substitute 60% of imported horticultural produce in Malawi by expanding its out-grower schemes by 2016.
- Expand product portfolio from fresh raw produce to value-added horticultural products by 2016.