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    By George Munene

    According to China's Director-General of the Department of African Affairs, Wu Peng, the first batch of Kenyan avocados arrived in Shanghai on Wednesday with Chinese importers showing strong interest in their high quality and plan to import on a bigger scale. 

    The arrival of the inaugural shipment of Hass variety avocado from Sunripe Kenya follows China’s clearing of 15 Kenyan firms to export fresh avocados. 

    Since 2019, Kenya had only been allowed to import frozen avocados owing to the prevalence of fruit flies in the country.

    Kakuzi PLC also shipped its first batch of avocado to China this weekend 

    The Kenyan government expects China’s million-dollar avocado market to import 40 per cent of Kenya’s avocados, making it the largest overseas market for the fruit.

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    The avocado is one of the fastest-growing fruits in China. In 2010, China imported only 2 tons of avocado. By 2020, China imported 36,000 metric tons. This is expected to increase over five times to about 196,000 metric tons by 2028.

    China has mainly imported avocados from Chile, Mexico, and Peru.

    "In this trial phase, we intend to test the entire system capacity and fix any challenges between ourselves, the phytosanitary protocols facility, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) ahead of the planned larger shipments before the end of the next quarter," read part of a statement by Kakuzi’s Managing Director Chris Flowers.

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    The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) early this week confirmed that the Chinese National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) had approved 15 orchards, 9 packhouses, and one fumigation facility to export fresh avocado to China.

    "Currently, the Chinese market is relatively small compared to the European market. We hope that by exposing the discerning Chinese consumer to high-quality fruit from Kenya, that market will outpace the current exports into Europe," Flowers said. Adding that "the potential to grow the Chinese market demand is huge; if we maintain the highest quality standards for our exports."

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    By George Munene

    A new carbon credit project will assist up to 5,000 small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia to unlock the international carbon market in the developing world. 

    It will give access to loans that smallholder farmers will use to transition to agroforestry at scale and monetize carbon stored in the trees they plant. These loans will be repaid by the farmers using future income generated by revenue from the sale of carbon credits. 

    Financed by FSD Africa and Rabobank ACORN/Rabo Foundation the program is geared to enhance sustainable farming for African small-scale farmers. Smallholder farmers will not only reap the benefits of agroforestry, but also the profits of the voluntary carbon market.

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    80- 90% of revenues from the carbon removal units sold, will flow back to the smallholders and their communities.

    Acorn – Agroforestry CRUs for the Organic Restoration of Nature – unlocks the international carbon market for smallholder farmers in the developing world. The company employs data to make CO2 sequestration monitoring and monetization cost-effective and scalable, while also making it more transparent and data-driven.

    This enables it to operate cost-effectively and offers the possibility to scale up and reach a significant number of smallholder farmers.

    “The program has a great potential for improving farmers’ income through the sale of carbon credits and other income from the agroforestry projects,” said FSD Africa CEO, Mark Napier.

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    Phase two of the partnership aims at setting up a potential capital market instrument based on the results of the pilot project.

    Acorn’s program aims at reaching one million farmers globally by 2025.

     

    For more information:

    FSD Africa 

    Nelson Karanja

    Director, Communications & Engagement

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    Margreet Muizebelt

    Finance Lead Acorn

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    By George Munene

    Italian oil company Eni S.p.A. has completed the construction of an oilseed collection and pressing plant in Makueni, Kenya. 

    The company’s first agri-hub will employ 25,000 farmers using a vertical-integration model where castor, croton, and cottonseeds will be cultivated and handled by local farmers before being bought and extracted to make vegetable oil promoting their access to markets.

    Construction on the first hub finished on July 18, and the plant is expected to produce 15,000 tons with 2,500 tons expected to be processed in 2022.

    The facility will further produce animal feed and biobased fertilizers derived from the protein component of the seeds for the benefit of livestock and food production, contributing to food security.

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    The center will work as a training and technical support hub for farmers.

    The agri-hub will process castor, croton, and cottonseeds to make vegetable oil. These are cover crops that will be cultivated in rotation seasonally with cereals and vegetables. They are also sustainable, agricultural feedstocks that do not compete with the food-supply chain because they come from crops that are resistant to aridity and suitable for growing on degraded soils—namely castor crops, seeds harvested from spontaneous plants (croton), and coproducts of the cotton supply chain in a circular economy perspective. 

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    Cultivation of these crops in areas that are less suitable for food production will give farmers an additional source of revenue.

    The first phase of the project in Kenya includes the construction of a second agri-hub to reach a total capacity of 30,000 tons per year of vegetable oil in 2023, as well as the development of associated agricultural supply chains.

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