Grown in Swaziland: Swaziland's Agricultural Development
In many parts of the world, family-run farms are the predominant form of agricultural production. FAO is supporting family farmers; not only in terms of improving their production techniques and yield, but also by helping them gain access to finance and markets. One example of this can be seen in Swaziland where the marketing initiative of the Swaziland Agricultural Development Programme is helping farmers get their produce into both domestic and export markets. The Programme does this by supporting agro-processing companies who buy local farmers’ produce while also creating manufacturing jobs.
Eswatini Kitchen is one of the 25 agro processors that are benefiting from the marketing investment fund which was set up with the support of the European Union and technical assistance of FAO. The marketing investment fund is part of a broader Swaziland Agricultural Development Programme, which is involved in a wide range of activities in support of production.
Eswatini Kitchen purchases a lot of their fruit and vegetables from smallholder farms and uses them to make jams, sauces and chutneys. The business has a positive impact on smallholders by helping them gain access to markets and increasing their income while also creating employment for local people, especially single women who have families to support.
The Swaziland Agricultural Development Programme is helping more than 20.000 farmers in Swaziland to move from subsistence agriculture to a more sustainable, profitable and market-led agriculture. In a country where HIV is prevalent, where many cannot meet daily food requirements and the majority of the population lives in rural areas, the Programme has a strong potential on the ground creating reciprocal support systems for local farmers and employees.
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