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Passion fruit production and marketing

Faith Mumo standing under one of her passion fruit trees in Kwale county, Kenya. Faith Mumo standing under one of her passion fruit trees in Kwale county, Kenya.

Passion fruit is one of Kenya’s top three export fruits. But Kenyan farmers are not earning as much as they could from the fruit – a combination of poor planting and orchard management, and increasing plant disease and pests.

When they do have fruit to sell, farmers struggle to access markets and gain high prices for their produce.

One way of making the fruit more valuable is to package and process it, but farmers are often not familiar with these techniques.

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We are helping women farmers earn as much as possible from their passion fruit by:

  • improving orchard management and introducing better seed varieties to increase yields by up to five times
  • establishing seed nurseries to distribute better seedlings and train other farmers how to use them
  • establishing packaging and processing centres - these increase the value of the passion fruit and provide employment
  • creating links between farmers and buyers to ensure better prices. We will also set up kiosks in major towns so women farmers can sell directly to their customers.

Who are we helping?

We are working with 3,000 women farmers from farmers’ groups in Kenya’s Kwale county.

Who are we working with?

This project is funded by a grant from our Maendeleo Agricultural Enterprise Fund and is implemented in partnership with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute.

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