United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein and Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast visited Kenya to evaluate the progress of President Obama’s initiatives in support of the United States and Kenya’s shared development objectives. On their list of stops was the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) Practical Training Center in Thika. Through the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, USAID has invested $950,000 in the Training Center and is working in partnership with FPEAK and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) to help farmers grow horticulture produce more efficiently and with a special emphasis on compliance with export requirements. More than 200,000 Kenyan smallholder horticulture producers stand to benefit from USAID’s Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project.
“This Practical Training Center illustrates USAID’s new development approach that leverages public-private partnerships to deliver measurable results. Supporting FPEAK and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute to train smallholder farmers to produce export quality crops is a superb example of how this new model is working to transform the face of poverty in Kenya,” said Feierstein.