During the year under review, Africa Harvest maintained its reputation among farmers in Kenya as a leader in the deployment of appropriate agricultural technologies along the whole value chain. The TC Banana projects directly benefited over 1.5 million people and was implemented successfully in Eastern and Central regions of Kenya. It is this success that led the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP) decided to expand the project to Kisii County in the Western region of Kenya.
Africa Harvest also implemented the “Production and Marketing of Tissue Culture Bananas in Nyeri County” project. It started in April 2011 and was supposed to ran for 36 month but due to a shift in USAID policy, the project had to shift to the Kenya Feed the Future target areas; these include the Rift Valley, Eastern, Coast, Western and Nyanza counties. The project therefore wound down in December 2012, 21 months earlier than had been specified.
By the time the project ended, a total of 2,415 farmers in 106 groups had been mobilised and trained in group formation and management, orchard establishment and management. To create awareness of the project, Africa Harvest used open forum and chiefs’ public meetings. Training was conducted at the group level. This happened during the Ministry of Agriculture shows and at the 15 farmer field days held at diverse dates all over the County. To showcase the benefits of TC Banana, five commercial (80 to 100 plantlets) and 45 demonstrations sites (15 to 25 plantlets) were established. The demonstrations were hosted by farmers.