Fintrac training and investment in value-addition for agricultural crops has expanded supply and market opportunities, improved sales and incomes, and helped create more than 275,000 new jobs since 2000.
Improving Postharvest Handling and Traceability
Fintrac trains farmers and agricultural workers in postharvest handling techniques that reduce losses and facilitate grading and sorting. We encourage investment in improved inputs and infrastructure, such as field crates, packing sheds, and cold storage facilities.
We create demonstration sites so farmers can see the difference that good handling means to product quality and better understand the resulting gains in end-market prices and opportunities. We also collaborate closely with commercial exporters to establish outgrower supply programs with smallholders that meet the traceability requirements of international standards and protocols, including GlobalGAP.
In Tanzania, Fintrac helped dozens of smallholder farmers partner with a vegetable processor that grades, sorts, and packs beans, peas, and sweet corn for European markets.
In Ethiopia, Fintrac helped a commercial partner install new packing and grading facilities, which enabled them to begin exporting green beans, sugar snap peas, snow peas, and baby corn to the United Kingdom three times a week.
In Kenya, Fintrac helped develop a national horticulture traceability system to support accurate collection, analysis, and sharing of critical supply chain data from production to distribution. Compliance with global food safety requirements has helped generate more than $30 million in net sales for smallholders following the removal of EU inspections of Kenyan horticultural produce.
Developing Processing Industries
Around the world, Fintrac has fueled the development of new processing industries, such as individually quick frozen fruits and vegetables, and the expansion of existing ones, such as processed African Bird’s Eye chili. We also target juices, purees, essential oils, and the fresh pack and fresh cut industries that are among the fastest-growing segments of the horticultural sector worldwide.
Seizing these opportunities requires substantial investment and technical guidance. Because new processing technologies can be costly and often require commercial loans, our investment projects are guided by sound market and feasibility analyses, as well as proper plant layout and design.
All of Fintrac’s smallholder outsourcing activities include dedicated training and technical assistance to introduce calendarized planting that ensures a consistent flow of high-quality raw material. Another key to our successful processing activities is training and pre-audit assistance in quality control systems and international food safety standards, including Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) protocols and good manufacturing practices.