Helping develop commercial hay feed supply through partnerships with farming cooperatives; improving the delivery and uptake of veterinary and breeding services; and improving broader supply chain management to boost the profitability and viability of distressed diaries.
We have partnered with the UK’s Department for International Development and Netherlands Embassy to support the Kenya Markets Trust to take forward sector programmes in the country, including in the dairy, water, agricultural inputs, seed and livestock sectors.
Kenya Markets Trust (KMT - formerly Kenya Gatsby Trust) was founded in 1993 as one of four independent country trusts set-up by Gatsby across Africa to support local economic development. The trust originally concentrated on providing finance and business development services to small and medium-sized enterprises, but its focus and approach has gradually evolved towards sector development.
As part of this transformation, KMT has sold its factoring finance programme (Biashara Factors Ltd); strengthened its board and staff; raised substantial funding; and has developed an ambitious portfolio of sector development programmes.
KMT has also built a long-term relationship with Adam Smith International, which has embedded a team within KMT, tasked with helping the immediate delivery of programmes while building KMT’s long-term institutional capacity to implement.
In addition to ongoing support from Gatsby, KMT is presently funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and the Dutch Embassy in Kenya.
Key programmes within its current portfolio include:
Working with agrodealers to help them deliver better quality products, services and information to farmers.
Working with the Government of Kenya and local authorities to expand access to good quality drinking water by encouraging greater private sector participation through various forms of public-private partnership, particularly in rural areas where 63% of the population rely on untreated, unsafe water.
Launching a number of initiatives to drive change in the policy environment as well as in supply chain management and marketing.
Seeking to improve rangeland management, the supply of animal health inputs, integration within the supply chain, and the wider policy and investment environment of the sector, which has been chosen for its importance to poor people in arid and semi-arid areas.
Alongside these programmes, KMT is also undertaking further work to help raise awareness of markets and the extent they are benefitting the people of Kenya.
Regional Forestry Sectors
We have worked in East African forestry for more than 15 years – transferring technology and establishing independent commercial nurseries in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. We are now ramping up our activity by establishing programmes to transform forestry sectors across the region.
Tanzanian Cotton Sector
We are working with local institutions to restructure Tanzania's cotton sector and build supportive markets to ensure more than 400,000 farmers can access the quality inputs and training they need to improve agronomy, increase yields and boost incomes.
Tanzanian Tea Sector
We are building the Tanzanian tea sector in partnership with the Wood Foundation Africa, government bodies and the private sector. The Chai Project aims to expand tea cultivation, increase productivity, improve quality and boost returns to smallholders.
Rwandan Tea Sector
We have expanded our partnership with the Wood Foundation Africa in tea sector development from Tanzania to Rwanda. The Imbarutso Project is working with government, factories and farmers to bolster the sector’s competitiveness and ensure that smallholders benefit from its growth.