Value addition of 2ⁿᵈ grade produce
In Kenya, a staggering 40-50% of fruits and vegetables, valued at 140 million USD, are lost annually due to inadequate aggregation and limited market access.
Compounding this issue, smallholder farmers often rely on intermediaries who reduce the value of their harvests by passing on costs and risks along the supply chain.
Value addition technologies are typically inaccessible to smallholder farmers, who lack knowledge, technical know-how, and awareness of the potential value of their second-grade produce. This leaves them dependent on local brokers who pay them meager amounts, if anything at all.
Shambani Pro is an innovative, impactful and gender-inclusive company that transforms the lives of smallholder farmers.
The venture pioneers the inclusion and empowerment of smallholders in value addition, offering increased prices for 2ⁿᵈ grade produce while driving the utilization of solar-powered technology to eliminate food loss.
Over the next three years, our ambitious goal is to expand our impact by establishing six micro-factories in regions located far from industrial areas. Through this expansion, we aim to offtake a substantial amount of produce, specifically targeting 3,000,000 kgs of produce. By doing so, we will not only contribute to reducing CO2-equivalent emissions by a significant 1,440,000, but also make a positive difference in the lives of 10,000 smallholder farmers.