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Mango farming

We're providing 800 women farmers with better-quality mango stocks that ripen and fruit at different times of year. We're providing 800 women farmers with better-quality mango stocks that ripen and fruit at different times of year.

Kitui in eastern Kenya is more densely populated with mango trees than anywhere else in the country.

But farmers have found it difficult to make a profit from the local mangoes, which are small and poor quality.

The trees fruit at the same time of year, leaving farmers with little option but to sell all their mangoes at market at the same time, resulting in lower prices and wastage – with many unsold mangoes left to rot.

Mountains of mangoes

Funded by our innovative Maendeleo Agricultural Enterprise Fund, our project is working with 800 hard-working women farmers by:

  • providing better-quality mango stocks that ripen and fruit at different times of year
  • encouraging farmers to form associations so they can sell collectively and receive higher prices at market
  • investing in a mango juice plant
  • establishing links with fruit-processing companies.

Our ambition is that by the end of the project the women farmers will be earning enough to afford medical care and school costs, and build savings so they can invest in their families’ long-term futures.

Who are we working with?

The project is carried out in partnership with a local NGO, Kitui Development Centre.

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