Providing high quality local horticultural produce to urban markets
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.
The African Agri-business Academy (AAA) is a pan-African business platform for small and medium-sized agrifood enterprises, which offers Hortinet with access to agribusiness expertise.
The Shoprite supermarket chain provides a marketplace for the fruit and vegetables sourced from contracted farmers and Hortinet’s farms.
The 2015 SEED Awards in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa.