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We like our avocados...

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straight from Thomas's trees

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to our market

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Our main products

  • Aubergine
  • Avocado
  • Bullet Chillies
  • Dudhi
  • Matooke
  • Okra
  • Purple passionfruit
  • Ravaya
  • Scotch bonnet chili peppers
  • Sweet potato
  • Thin Chillies

Full product list here

 

Our producers

We get to know our producers individually because they are at the heart of our business. We walk their fields with them, learn how they farm, find out what makes their business work and the challenges they face. Our aim is to open up the wider world to our producers so that they can trade on an equal footing with larger businesses and share in Africa’s success.

We’d like to introduce you to a few of the people who grow our produce…

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Thomas

Avocado grower, Kenya

Thomas farms a plot of land north of Nairobi that he inherited from his parents in 2007. The land was derelict when he took it over, so he cleared it himself and began planting avocado trees that same year. He now has 100 avocado trees and is managing and maintaining them as they grow to maturity.

Thomas’s neighbours mostly grow avocados too, so they swap labour – especially at harvest time – and share skills and knowledge. Everyone also grows produce for home consumption such as brassicas, passion fruit, bananas and papaya, and keeps cows, goats and chickens.

Kenya’s two rainy seasons mean that Thomas harvests two crops a year from his avocado trees. As his trees mature, his yield is growing and last year he harvested about 100 tonnes.

Skilful pruning is the key to success with avocado growing: Thomas prunes in order to stimulate his trees to flower, to control the size of the fruit, and to maintain the trees at a size which enables him to harvest easily. Unpruned, an avocado tree will grow to 20 metres tall!

Thomas fertilises his trees with manure, and keeps them pest-free. At harvest, he cuts the fruit from the tree leaving a short stalk, as this delays ripening and ensures that the fruit reaches market in a perfect condition.

 

Maureen

Hot pepper grower, Uganda

Maureen, her husband and six children grow hot peppers on their three acre farm in Ishaka Mbarara district. Their farm is hilly, so the family mulches to keep the soil moist and prevent soil erosion.  The children are involved in the whole process of growing, from the nursery bed to transplanting, weeding and finally harvesting, though when they are at school, the family hires in labour. Though this is expensive, the children’s education is extremely important to the family – selling chillis pays their school fees.

 

Ahmed & Resty

Hot pepper growers, Uganda

Husband and wife, Ahmed and Resty, rent a small farm in Gayaza Wakiso district where they grow hot peppers. Their six children are too young to help out on the farm so Ahmed and Resty work along hired labour, harvesting 720 kg per acre. Their land is flat, and they mulch it in the rainy season so that the soil doesn’t dry out in the dry season. One of their biggest challenges is the insecurity of being tenants, so they’re looking forward to earning enough to buy their own land.