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Enhancing women farmers’ access to profitable markets by developing a toolkit for value-added post-harvest solar fruit drying, handling and utilization of horticultural crops

Enhancing women farmers’ access to profitable markets by developing a toolkit for value-added post-harvest solar fruit drying, handling and utilization of horticultural crops

“Enhancing women farmers’ access to profitable markets by developing a toolkit for value-added post-harvest solar fruit drying, handling and utilisation of horticultural crops for local and regional market procurement in East Africa” is driven by an enterprise partnering with non-government organisations and government institutions to tackle a critical lack of food preservation and storage means through innovative solar drying technology. This enables the farmers to sell more products more widely.

The initiative empowers women in rural areas of Kenya economically by training them to farm and process aloe. The women are also taught how to manufacture value-added products from the aloe which can then be sold on local and national markets.All of the production processes, from aloe farming and harvesting to processing and packaging aloe products, take place at the community level. The initiative provides community-based organisations with training in aloe processing and ensures the marketing and sale of the resulting products on local and national markets.

Great demand exists for medicinal and cosmetic products made from aloe. Research is currently underway into different species of aloe, to identify which species are most suitable for meeting the requirements of different target groups.

  • Conduct “train the trainer” seminars, teaching 100 women how to farm, process and post-harvest aloe.
  • Create 200 direct and 600 indirect jobs in rural communities.
  • Identify new species of aloe to expand the market for specialised aloe products.
  • Establish a semi-automated factory for production, packaging and quality control of various aloe products.

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