A series of case studies has been commissioned to extend key lessons and recommendations from review and analysis of AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund grantees. This week’s case study showcases the journey of Coconut Holdings Limited, one of the eight agri-enterprises that was selected during the first window of applications for the Challenge Fund.

The company was established in 2015 to own and operate two existing coconut processing operations on the Kenyan coast: Kentaste Products Limited and Kwale Coconut Processors Limited. Coconut Holdings sells Kentaste branded and packaged coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut oil, and desiccated coconut to the local retail market.

In 2019, the company received financial support from AgriFI to strengthen their work with smallholder farmers in Kenya. This funding support has helped the company to address sectoral challenges associated with erratic and seasonal variations in pricing, reliance on traditional agronomic practices, and dwindling coconut yields.

In addition to activities designed to combat these challenges, Coconut Holdings has invested in an automated coconut drying machine, which has markedly increased the factory’s processing capacity and is driving the need for growth and development in all components of the company’s supply chain. The process flow diagram shown below highlights the interconnected impacts Coconut Holdings has achieved through improved coconut drying and pressing technology, establishing pathways to gains in employment, CSA and business growth.

Read or download the full case study here.