Growing Futures helps young people in western Kenya set up profitable farming enterprises growing and selling vegetables that are in high demand.
Through the project, Farm Africa is helping 2,500 young farmers in Trans-Nzoia County and 2,000 young farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet County capitalise upon the growing demand for produce such as French beans, mangetouts, kale, tomatoes and cabbages.
We help the farmers increase their yields and the quality of their vegetables, and build their links to markets.
The project provides training and technical assistance in horticulture and agronomy, helping young farmers produce the quantity and quality of produce demanded by high-value buyers and certification schemes. We are:
Growing Futures develops young farmers’ business skills and widens their access to finance by:
Growing Futures strengthens farmers’ links with buyers in domestic and international markets by:
This project is funded by Aldi UK, Medicor Foundation and UK aid from the UK government.
Aldi started working with Farm Africa in 2016, donating over £260,000 over three years to support 500 young farmers in Trans Nzoia County in Western Kenya. In 2020, Aldi extended their support to these and other farmers for another two years.
Additional funding from Medicor and UK Aid in 2017-18 enabled Growing Futures to expand into two further regions of Kenya, reaching another 4,000 young farmers.
The Growing Futures project builds upon the success of Farm Africa’s Youth Empowerment in Sustainable Agriculture (YESA) project, which ran from 2011 to 2015, supporting 2,300 young people in western Kenya to set up and run their own farms.