Village Cereal Aggregation Centres (VCAC)

Promoting better post-harvest practices for food security and market linkages
2010 SEED Award Winner Sustainable Agriculture Buratana, Kenya

Village Cereal Aggregation Centres (VCACs) introduce post-harvest technologies and support farmers to engage in safe near-farm cereal storage, in order to increase food security and their capacity to trade competitively. VCACs comprise grain processing and bulking facilities, fully equipped with aflatoxin-testing kits, moisture meters, threshing, drying and bagging gear, and hermetic storage. The initiative offers farmers comprehensive training in post-harvest management including aflatoxin and pest control methods, grain marketing and trading standards, and business and financial management. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

The initiative is creating new community-level co-operatives, which enhance the farmers’ ability to engage in joint production, processing, storage and marketing activities.
  • Creating new community-level co-operatives, enhancing farmers’ ability to engage in joint production, processing, storage and marketing.
  • Leading to increased incomes, food security and improved social welfare.
  • Encouraging improved production and proper land and water utilisation and farmers to adopt good environmental protection practices.
  • Reducing the use of harmful pesticides in food storage.
  • Reducing over 25% post-harvest losses by increasing profitability in cereal production activities.
  • Helping farmers to gain better returns on their investment.

Partners

This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Kenya Promotions & Marketing Company (Holdings) Ltd. provides technology, expertise and establishes fully equipped post-harvest management centres.

The Ministry of Agriculture supports the establishment of the VCACs on a public-private sector basis and promotes the establishment within key cereal production areas.

The National Irrigation Board supports small-scale farmers to engage in irrigation farming.

Equity Bank provides financing to farmers to access agro-inputs and markets.

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