Kenyan farmers add value to sweet potato and sorghum

Man holding sweet potatoes
Man holding orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. Photo credit: USAID/Natasha Murigu

Farmers in Busia County, western Kenya, are processing and packaging flour made from vitamin A-rich, orange-fleshed sweet potato. Through the Siwongo Processors company, farmers are processing around 1.2 t of flour each day. Some is sold locally while the rest is bought by food companies based in Nairobi to fortify other foods.

“Orange sweet potatoes are very profitable,” explains farmer Florence Naliaka. “I have educated my first born and I have managed to build a permanent house, and bought a dairy cow. Life is good.”

Farmers growing a high-yielding, fast-maturing sorghum variety, known as gadam, are also selling their crop commercially. East African Breweries Limited is buying the cereal to use it as a substitute for barley, enabling farmers to earn more from their crop.

Both of these ventures are part of the Commercializing Traditional Staple Crops project, implemented by the Cereal Growers Association, Smart Logistic Solutions and the Pan African Agribusiness and Agro-industry Consortium, with the aim of improving household food and nutrition security.

Source:  Spore (CTA)

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