Kilimo Trust is an East Africa-based organization that was established in 2005 to contribute to broad-based wealth creation through agriculture and agribusiness development. Our mission is to “catalyze the growth and competitiveness of strategic agricultural sectors for the benefit of a large number of people in East Africa that include Men, Women and Youth.”
We are an evidence-based organization with competent and committed staff. Rooted in private and public sector based partnerships, KT empowers farm families and other value chain actors to take calculated risks, solve critical problems and act when they see market opportunities. We are also committed to partnerships that seek to make a socially responsible impact.
What drives us
We see the East African Common Market and COMESA, as key opportunities for achieving higher
security in food, nutrition and incomes. Therefore, we work on expansion of trade, in food
commodities and their value added products, across borders and across agro-eco-regions. Why?
Because we believe that:
a) From nutrition point of view - food trade within a common market is very critical for effective utilization of differences in production seasons and agro-ecologies across the entire region to supply consumers with balanced diets throughout the year;
b) From incomes point of view - food trade within a common market provides deeper and large market opportunities that supports higher profitability for the producers; and
c) From agricultural transformation point of view –disposable income for the SHFs is the main driver for them to invest in modern and better technologies and practices.
However, we also understand that constraints to growth are numerous and sometimes political. Whilst we base our work on strong analysis and diagnostics of commercial drivers, we acknowledge that, building momentum and growth requires a common and shared vision by relevant public and private sector players.