Under this partnership, Shalem Investment Ltd is expected to mobilise and train TOTs on climate smart agriculture, who will ultimately transfer the acquired skills and knowledge contracted smallholder farmers. Additionally, the business champion is expected to set up demonstration farms, and profile and link the TOTs and SHFs to service providers in areas of finance, insurance, inputs, mechanisation, transporters and offtakers.

Key interventions

  • Build the capacity of the business champion in leadership, business management skills, marketing, and financial inclusion.
  • Enhance the capacity of 30,000 smallholder farmers by 2022 on scheduled contract farming agreements to improve sorghum production by 15% through climate smart agronomy.
  • Recruit and train 50 Training of Trainers (ToTs) on climate smart agriculture. In turn, the ToTs are expected to train the SHFs, conduct continuous sensitisation, and follow up on agreed actions.
  • Facilitate linkages between the farmers and 13 value chain actors in areas of mechanisation, finance, inputs, offtakers, and storage.
  • Facilitate the set up 150 demo farms to showcase CSA practices and technologies and facilitate self-directed learning for SHFs.

About the Business Champion

Shalem Investment Ltd supports smallholder farmers in Kenya to find sustainable solutions to farming and market related challenges.

In 2015, Shalem registered as a private Social Enterprise delivering quality milled products, from maize flour to porridge. The company’s products, branded as ASILI PLUS, are fortified with extra minerals and vitamins. In addition, they are packed in different sizes allowing the company to serve all consumer segments. This gives the company a competitive edge and proliferates farmers’ yield, increasing their opportunities to earn more incomes.

Shalem currently, employs over 50 permanent workers and about 20 on a casual basis.

Project Partners

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