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Magos Farm Enterprises Limited Lead Firm Profile

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Magos Farm Enterprises Limited Lead Firm Profile
Magos Farm Enterprise Limited (MFEL) is a farm input and output supplier incorporated in 2016 that works with farmers in Kenya and Uganda operating in the sorghum, passion fruit, rice and legume value chains. In rice specifically, MFEL works with farmers in Kisumu, Siaya and Busia counties. As a farm input supplier MFEL is an agent of major chemical/seed companies and equipment manufacturers. MFEL is a distributor for farm inputs to over 35 agro-dealers in Western region. MFEL also provides agronomical services through their agronomists including one of its directors.
Through its collaboration with MEDA as part of the M-SAWA project, MFEL aims to support 1,000 SEs (M500, F500) in Kisumu and Busia counties to improve the quality and quantity of rice produced while linking rice farmers to end markets. This will be accomplished through supporting rice farmers to ensure reduction in losses due to diseases and pest control as well as sensitizing farmers on good agricultural practices (GAP) to improve quality and quantity of rice produced. In addition, MFEL sensitizes and encourages adoption of appropriate technologies and enhances market linkages for rice farmers.

Siongiroi Dairy Plant Limited Lead Firm Profile

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Siongiroi Dairy Plant Limited Lead Firm Profile

Siongiroi Dairy Plant Limited (SDPL) was incorporated in 2000. SDPL is a dairy company that was formed by smallholder farmers in Siongiori, sub-county of Bomet, to organize and manage milk markets with the main objective of improving the economic and social wellbeing of farmers and residents. The firm aggregates milk from smallholder farmers and then chills and markets the milk on behalf of the farmers to two main milk processors: Brookside Dairy Limited and Highland Creamers and Foods Limited, amongst others. SDPL also supplies its farmers/producers with agro-vet products on cash or credit based on their financial strength. Furthermore, SDPL offers extension services such as farmer training, field days, breeding services and others. Through its collaboration with MEDA as part of the M-SAWA project, SDPL aims to support 1,500 SEs (M750, F750) in Bomet and Narok counties to improve their dairy production and marketing of raw milk. This will be accomplished through equipping farmers with improved skills on animal feeding and calf management as well as enhancing milk prices and improving farmers earnings through market research and educating farmers on financial literacy and adoption of appropriate technologies.

Caffe Del Duca Limited Lead Firm Profile

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Caffe Del Duca Limited Lead Firm Profile

Caffe Del Duca Limited (CDDL) is a private, for profit company established in 2010. CDDL’s core business is the roasting and packaging of coffee for local and export markets mainly in Italy. CDDL’s business model is based on sourcing of coffee berries from small entrepreneurs (SEs) in Kenya with some operations in Uganda and Tanzania. The company takes an integrated value chain approach to increase efficiencies right from the farm-level production, through to aggregation, transportation, processing, and marketing activities.Through its collaboration with MEDA as part of the M-SAWA project, CDDL aims to support 1,000 SEs (M500, F500) and 100 coffee Vendors (M50, F50) in Busia and Bungoma counties to improve the quality and quantity of coffee produced while linking them to end markets. This will be accomplished through supporting farmers to ensure adequate quantities of cherry are supplied as well as sensitizing farmers on good postharvest practices for enhanced parchment quality, adoption of appropriate technologies, and linking farmers to the end market. 

Ando Roofing Products Ltd. Case Study

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Ando Roofing Products Ltd. Case Study
Ms. Jane Kaburu manages Ando Roofing Products Ltd. (Ando), a growing construction company supplying roofing tiles and accessories to individuals and construction companies across Kenya. In recent years Ando has experienced increasing customer demand for its products. To keep pace with customer orders, Ms. Kaburu needed additional working capital to ensure sufficient stock levels. Despite Ando’s impressive business performance, Ms. Kaburu was unable to acquire external finance to support her company’s growth. Private equity funds and traditional banks perceived Ando’s female leadership, irregular cashflows and lack of collateral as too risky.

Mace Foods Lead Firm Profile

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Mace Foods Lead Firm Profile

MACE Foods Limited (MFL) is a private limited company in Kenya incorporated in January 2002. MFL is involved in promoting the production, processing and marketing of African Birds Eye Chilies (ABE), Long Cayenne Chilies (LC) and Traditional African Leafy Vegetables, targeting product sales in the local, regional and export markets. MFL works with a network of over 3,800 smallholder farmers (SHF) in the Rift valley, Western, Nyanza, Central, Eastern and Coast regions of Kenya producing ABE chilies. The company works through registered farmer groups, community-based organization and service providers. All farmers are recruited, trained and formally contracted.

Smart Logistics Lead Firm Profile

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Smart Logistics Lead Firm Profile
Smart Logistics Limited (SL) began operations in 2009 as a limited company founded by Mrs. Rose Mutuku. The company’s agribusiness operations support 5,000+ farmers to achieve maximum production of legumes and cereals, which they then aggregate, complete value addition and distribute to domestic and export markets. They also provide extension, logistics and other services to SEs. The company utilizes a Community Production and Marketing System (COPMAS); an out-grower production model that strengthens grassroots farmers groups to increase their members’ production capacity and actively participate in the marketing process.

Amiran Kenya Limited Lead Firm Profile

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Amiran Kenya Limited Lead Firm Profile
Amiran Kenya Limited (AKL) is part of the Balton CP group of companies headquartered in the United Kingdom and spread throughout Africa and Israel. AKL provides complete solutions in its fields of expertise, from products and services to trainings and capacity building. Through decades of partnership with Kenya’s large and small-scale growers, AKL has become a “one stop shop” for all of Kenya’s agricultural needs. While playing a significant role in bringing the Kenyan floriculture industry to its place as a global leader, AKL has also remained focused on the needs of horticulture and cereal growers.

VegPro Lead Firm Profile

VegPro Lead Firm Profile
Vegpro Kenya Limited is a private sector company incorporated in 1979 that is at the forefront of fresh produce export and operates in Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia and the UK. The company owns 6 large farms in Mt. Kenya and Naivasha, Kenya and supports 6 different out-grower schemes serving over 4,000 farmers. The company deals with several crops but under this project they are focused on 3 different vegetables: french beans, snow peas and sugar snaps.

Kwale Coconuts Processors Lead Firm Profile

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Kwale Coconuts Processors Lead Firm Profile
Kwale Coconuts Processors Limited (KCPL) is a private enterprise that is involved in the processing of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) through dried copra. The company’s focus is on the production of organic and fair-trade certified products. However, due to the rigorous requirements of organic certification and the need for the company to develop loyalty through its supply chain, the company presently produces two lines of virgin oil – Fair Trade Virgin Organic Coconut Oil as well as conventional oil. KCPL strives to continuously develop and maintain a highly productive base of certified organic coconut farmers and a professional production facility. This provides its clients in the United States and Europe with access to a reliable supply of certified Fair Trade Organic VCO.

Sidai Lead Firm Profile

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Sidai Lead Firm Profile
Sidai Africa (Kenya) Limited is a private sector, socially responsible enterprise operating in the livestock industry of Kenya with an aim of revolutionizing the provision of livestock and veterinary services to pastoralists and farmers in Kenya by creating a more sustainable and reliable service delivery model. Kenya currently faces challenges with substandard or counterfeit inputs in the marketplace, as well as, a technically underqualified retailer base. Sidai addresses this issue by selling quality crop and livestock inputs and services to over 100,000 farmers and pastoralists through 130 retail outlets in 32 counties in Kenya.

Vert Lead Firm Profile

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Vert Lead Firm Profile
Vert Limited is a private, for-profit company established in 2006. Its core business is the production, grading, packing and export of fresh fruits and vegetables mainly to the European market. Vert’s business model is based on sourcing of fresh produce from small entrepreneurs (SEs), taking an integrated value chain approach to increase efficiencies right from farm-level production, through to aggregation, transportation, processing, and marketing activities.
Through its collaboration with MEDA as part of the M-SAWA project, Vert aims to expand its production capacity and diversify its product offerings, thereby improving both farmer incomes and company profits. This will be accomplished through various activities, including the establishment of 60 collection centers (benefiting 3,000 SEs), Global Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) training for 5,040 SEs and the establishment of processing facilities.

Equator Lead Firm Profile

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Equator Lead Firm Profile
Equator Kenya Ltd. is a privately-owned company incorporated in 2010 that exports premium quality ABE Chilies in the coastal region of Kenya. The company is involved in the production, collection, central drying and export of produce working with smallholder farmers as out-growers. The company purchases fresh chillies from a network of over 7,000 smallholder farmers; processes and packages them at their plant in Malindi, Kilifi and exports a fully traceable product to Europe, Japan and the USA.

Lead Firms Explained

Lead Firms Explained
Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has expressed interest in better understanding the ‘Lead Firm-centric Value Chain Development’ (“LF-VCD”) method as reflected in the approved Proposals and Project Implementation Plans (PIPs) for newly launched projects in Kenya and Tanzania and how this approach differs from the value chain development approach GAC is accustomed to seeing in the projects it funds, including others implemented by MEDA. This is referred to herein as the ‘Small Entrepreneur-centric Value Chain Development’ (“SE-VCD”) method. This paper first identifies how MEDA defines the term ‘Lead Firm’ and then describes the differences between these two methods and the reasoning for preferring, at times, to apply one rather than the other.

M-SAWA Project Overview

M-SAWA Project Overview
The Equitable Prosperity - Maendeleo Sawa (M-SAWA) project is a seven year, $28.7 million initiative funded/implemented by MEDA (supporters, partners and investors) with funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) which will run from 2015 to 2022.

M-SAWA Flyer

M-SAWA Flyer
This project will focus on promoting equitable economic growth by working with small and medium enterprises and small entrepreneurs in the agriculture, construction services and extractives. To maximize the project’s impact, activities will focus on locations with high levels of poverty and food in-security along Kenya’s two economic transportation corridors, Mombasa to Uganda and Lamu to South Sudan.