Farm Africa – Growing Futures
Farm Africa improves people’s lives in eastern Africa by driving agricultural and environmental change. The charity helps farmers to not only boost yields, but also gain access to markets, while sustainably managing and preserving local ecosystems.
Aldi has been working with Farm Africa since 2016, donating £260,000 to fund the Growing Futures project, which helps young farmers in western Kenya escape poverty by growing and selling vegetables that are in high demand.
The project trains young people in how to grow high-quality crops, like green beans, tomatoes and kale, as well as how to run their farms as businesses. The result is higher yields and higher profits.
“The farmers’ incomes have risen because they have larger quantities of produce to sell, the quality is higher so it can command higher prices, and we have helped farmers to form groups and collectively sell their vegetable in bulk to wholesalers.” - Mary Nyale, Project Coordinator of Farm Africa’s Growing Futures project.
Joseph Kiplagat, a young farmer taking part in the project, describes the impact the project has had on his family: “I have benefited a lot from the project. After the training, I had to enlarge my projections of tomatoes and French beans. After doing this project, we have money, we can meet all the requirements in the family: like taking the children to school. The family is raised up: we can meet the balanced diet.”