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Enhancement of livelihoods in the Kenyan Coastal Region by supporting Organic and Fairtrade certification of smallholder cashew farmers

Target Country: Republic of Kenya
Project Coordinator: Jiří Hejkrlík
Project Team: Miroslava Bavorová, Zbyněk Polesný, Anna Chládová, Jana Mazancová
Partner(s) of the Projects:

Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation (SAIDU),  Ten Senses Africa (TSA), Fairtrade Czech Republic and Slovakia (FTCS), Fairtrade Poland (FTPL), Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULF), Association of Conscious Consumers (ACC), National Agriculture Research and Innovation Centre (NAIK), Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN), Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)


V4 (Visegrad group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia)), Joint project under the EU Trust Fund for Africa

Duration of the Project: 2017 - 2020


Aim of the Project:

The V4 group joint project under the EU Trust Fund for Africa is focused on the reduction of migration through providing agricultural employment opportunities - by creating sustainable jobs and achieving food security based on primarily – cashew production, and secondarily - sesame production in the 3 coastal regions in Kenya experiencing 60 - 70% rate of poverty, affected by social, economic, and political instability, which has led to the marginalization of these coastal regions.

Outputs of the Project:

  • To significantly increase the export and volume of production of organic and Fairtrade certified cashew, sesame and possibly other value chains, which will eventually increase revenues for the coastal economy.
  • To empower smallholders cashew farmers by enhancing access to better market opportunities in the selected value chains.
  • To increase social, political, and economic empowerment of participating communities, especially youths and women through a self – help group approach.
  • To contribute to increase peace, stability and inclusive economic opportunities for target groups, especially youths in marginalized areas in the coastal region of Kenya.
  • To strengthen resilience of communities and particularly the most vulnerable, improve governance and prevent conflict. 


Contact: Jiří Hejkrlík,

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