Three years into the AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund, a series of case studies have been commissioned to extend key lessons and recommendations from review and analysis of AgriFI grantees. They build upon a previous research phase which explored high priority impact areas including climate smart agriculture, gender, youth and nutrition with a view to supporting effective design, targeting and implementation of the Challenge Fund. These case studies have been compiled by the Imani team to test some of the logic and understanding of that research, illustrating effective strategies, issues of concern, and areas with potential for increasing positive impacts.
This week we trace the journey of another AgriFI grantee – Real IPM, a producer of biological control agents (BCAs) – and the progress made since receiving the grant.
Making producers and consumers aware of the health and environmental benefits of organically-grown produce is key to creating higher demand for natural solutions and encouraging farmers to transition to using BCAs. A decade ago, only 10% of agricultural producers in Kenya used organic farm inputs but, Real IPM is working to change this by creating affordable, effective biological products and advocating for natural pest and crop solutions.
The company has received support from AgriFI to explore new promotion techniques and smallholder farmer integration strategies for one of its new biofertilizer products – “Mazao Flourish”. In addition to supporting Mazao Flourish, AgriFI funds have also been allocated to a vertical bag farming initiative, through which Real IPM produces durable, UV-protected vertical bags for smallholder gardening.
If you are interested in the consumer economics of making sustainable and regenerative agricultural inputs accessible to smallholder farmers, click below to learn more about Real IPM.
Read or download the case study here