The goal of the Kenya Market-led Horticulture Project (KMHP) was to contribute to increased food security, increased incomes and a dynamic and sustainable horticulture sector in Kenya. KMHP was funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Kenya and implemented by a consortium consisting of SNV (as lead agency), Delphy, HIVOS and Solidaridad East and Central Africa. KMHP focussed on private sector development to (1) strengthen entrepreneurial capacities and performance of small and medium sized farmers and companies, and (2) address systemic challenges related to food safety and food losses in the horticulture sector as well as inclusion of small and medium sized farmers in market-oriented supply chains.
The project closely cooperated with Dutch and Kenyan entrepreneurs and made use of their advanced technologies, products and market linkages in business cases and through specific innovations. KMHP also addressed policy- and market-related systemic issues at different levels.
The design of the project was based on a robust Theory of Change with a dual focus of (1) private sector development and (2) establishment of an enabling policy and institutional environment.
The evaluation established proof of concept for this approach. Private sector initiative was central to the project’s design, notably by its focus on business cases and innovations as the core features of its approach. Offering support to innovations was also a strong feature in project design as it created – otherwise often rare – space for private sector actors for pilots and experiments with new innovative and often as yet untested technologies or services. Innovative solutions opened the gateway to a more widespread adoption by market actors, especially small and medium-scale farmers, and may eventually lead to systemic change in the sector.
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