Linking Farmers to Export Markets Through GLOBALG.A.P
A common thread running through MARKUP activities is how to connect farmers in East Africa to market opportunities in the EU and beyond. In Kenya, one of the strategies employed is to strengthen the linkages between farmers and exporters and equipping local governments to provide the necessary support. The vehicle driving these linkages is GLOBALG.A.P., a set of tools that incorporates food safety and environmental standards and good agricultural practices. In this way, GLOBALG.A.P. certification demonstrates on-farm food safety and sustainability, and has become an important route to higher value markets. Through UNIDO, MARKUP is supporting smallholder farmers to meet export market requirements and standards for fresh and processed high-value horticultural produce. This is expected to increase incomes while improving agriculture practices in Kenya.
The second phase of training, which covers Nakuru, Kajiado and Taita Taveta, will be completed by the end of 2022. Some of the smallholders trained are outgrowers for three large scale exporters, while others are contracted by a company that is supplying a leading Kenyan processor and exporter of canned French beans.
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