Introducing Green Horticulture at Lake Naivasha in Kenya


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The avocado in your sandwich, the mango in your morning smoothie, the beans and brussels sprouts in your supper may all have originated from Kenya. These are just some of the Kenyan horticultural exports to the EU. Horticulture is essential to Kenya’s economy and in 2016, this industry contributed USD 1.03 billion to the country’s GDP. However, the limited knowledge about sustainable horticultural practices is hampering local farmers and entrepreneurs in enhancing the quantity and quality of their food produce which in turn consequently limits their market access and financial opportunities.

The GOALAN project (Green Horticulture at Lake Naivasha Project) funded by the EU SWITCH Africa Green Programme and implemented by the CSCP and WWF-Kenya (World Wide Fund for Nature) aims to support the Kenyan horticultural sector by developing more sustainable production and consumption (SCP) practices along the supply chain. The overall objective of the project is to equip farmers and Micro and Small-Medium size Enterprises (MSMEs) with adequate knowledge and skills to drive sustainable horticulture, while also improving their access to markets and financial opportunities (in particular for young and female farmers/entrepreneurs). In doing so, GOALAN will target three specific counties surrounding Lake Naivasha – Nakuru, Nyandarua and Narok. These three counties act as a lifeline to many local communities as they contribute to almost 1.3% of the country’s GDP.

In addition, the GOALAN project will further Kenya‘s Vision 2030 and its Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP) supporting the government in achieving its sustainable development goals (SDGs): poverty reduction (SDG 1), good health and well-being (SDG 3, by promoting good nutrition from sustainable horticultural products,) gender equality (SDG 5, by encouraging women entrepreneurs’ participation), local economic growth (SDG 8), reduced social inequalities (SDG 10, by engaging young people and women), and responsible consumption and production (SDG 12, by supporting farmers and entrepreneurs to adopt SCP practices in production and helping consumers identify sustainable horticultural products in the market using certification).

The CSCP contributes its expertise to the project in areas such as Trainings and Capacity Building, Sustainable Value Chains and Business Models as well as Policy and Sustainable Procurement. In particular, we will provide capacity building and training programmes on sustainable horticulture practices to farmers and MSME’s. These trainings will provide them not only with the capacity to successfully adopt those practices, but also reach out and train others with the knowledge and tools. Additionally, these trainings will contribute towards increasing the market and financial access for local high value horticultural products and also develop SCP value chain guidelines for farmers/entrepreneurs. Furthermore, the CSCP project team will be involved in developing policy recommendations and support the ongoing dialogue between MSMEs and local and national governments to further promote green horticultural products and green public procurement practices in the country.

*The CSCP produced the GOALAN video in close collaboration with WWF Kenya and the support of the animation studio Der Lichtspieler.