In 2004, 25 smallholder farmers in Meru, Kenya came together to form a self-help group after realising that there was a good market for passion fruits and tree tomato.
Before long, the self-help group’s fortunes started looking up and soon more members joined. This necessitated the expansion of the group into a community-based organisation. Thus, Imenti Community-based Organisation (Icobo) was born in 2006.
Currently, ICOBO contracts farmers who supply bananas, arrowroots, arrowroot leaves, stinging nettle leaves, Moringa Oleifera leaves, cassava, yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, pumpkin seed among other indigenous produce which are dried and milled.
He says the farmers received a drier worth Sh480,000 from USAID through the Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Programme (KHCP) last year enabling them to boost their production capacity. Read more. Source | Daily Nation