There are 300,000 smallholder farmers contributing to Kenya’s sugar sector, supporting an additional 6 million people with employment opportunities in the country. It is an important cash crop and a key input in the food system. However, it has been faced by several challenges that have stunted smallholder farmers’ productivity and incomes.
The eight-year investment is a partnership with Transmara Sugar Company, focussed on smallholder and outgrower empowerment, and will support the existing 17,000 farmers working with the Transmara Sugar Company, as well as 7000 new farmers.
Transmara Sugar Company is the second largest private sugar company in Kenya with a factory capacity of 1.2 million tonnes of sugar cane. It is 100% smallholder-supplied and has committed to smallholder expansion and farmer training to maximise yields from existing and new fields.