In March 2020, our colleagues Kain and Eliudi hit the road to Nairobi for an exchange visit to learn more about the impact of the coaching model for smallholder farmers in Kenya. Ever since our partners Crop Care and ICRA started the coaching model approach in Kenya in 2016, it has shown a huge positive impact increasing farmers’ productivity by adjusting to better farming practices and increasing farmers’ market knowledge. Kain and Eliudi observed the different aspects of the coaching model and learned about tangible solutions to tackle intervention challenges. This experienced will be shared with farmers in Pangani, where Rikolto is implementing the coaching model, and later on expanded to other regions in Tanzania.
While the exchange visit resulted in many lessons learnt, the following two innovations were the highlight of the trip: the agri-wallet and the commercial nursery.