Every month one of the Agrofood Young Experts shares a story. This month it is up to Klaas de Vries (31), who takes part in the YEP Agrofood programme. He is based in Nairobi where he works as an advisor in SNV’s HortIMPACT programme.
SNV Kenya business cases support horticulture sector development and Dutch companies
In Kenya, there are many opportunities to stimulate horticulture sector development with the support of Dutch know-how. HortIMPACT, a program funded by the Dutch Embassy and led by SNV, plays into opportunities in the horticulture sector by co-investing in business cases to develop a dynamic and sustainable horticulture sector in Kenya and to identify opportunities for Dutch businesses.
HortIMPACT recently launched a business case together with Kenya Highland Seeds, the local agent of Rijk Zwaan. At the heart of the business case are 12 training sites at farms in high potential horticulture counties across Kenya. At these sites innovative vegetable production technologies are introduced to farmers, including greenhouse technology, drip irrigation and hybrid seeds.
Other companies that specialise in specific production techniques also take part in the business case, e.g. soil testing, fertilizer and storage solutions. Other business cases supported by HortIMPACT that for example focus on integrated pest management, market linkages and potato processing are about to start. As the program is still in its early stages, new business case opportunities can be explored with interested companies. To this end, we are organising a trade mission for Dutch companies to Kenya in September.