Kenya’s four-year Market Access Upgrade (Markup) project seeks to boost food security and address supply and market access constraints in several agricultural value chains. Markup also aims at helping small-scale farmers to increase their incomes and boost youth participation in agriculture.
The project is being executed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido). Markup targets 1,500 small-scale farmers, and many more indirectly. The beneficiary counties are Nakuru, Bungoma, Busia, Homa Bay, Siaya, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Taita Taveta, Kwale, Makueni, Machakos and Kajiado.
Project crops include green beans, snow peas, chillies, mango, passion fruits, macadamia, groundnuts, herbs and spices.
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Executive Immaculate Maina said the project will link farmers with markets, improve food security, train selected farmers on good agricultural practices and train up to 500 extension officers across the country.
“In Nakuru County, the focus is on snow peas under the vegetables sub-sector, and export oriented herbs, including basil, coriander, dill, sage, and mint, among others under the herbs and spices sub-sector," Dr Maina told the Nation.