The SokoLink partnership aims to increase the income of smallholder farmers in Kenya by reducing post-harvest food loss and connecting farmers to export markets.
P4G has provided the partnership with $99,969 in catalytic grant funding.
SokoLink will provide an integrated solution for reducing post-harvest food loss in Kenya and create a more transparent food value chain. The partnership will support avocado farmers to receive quality certification for their products. SokoLink will also manage and supply cold storage solutions so farmers can command premium prices for their fruit while reducing the revenue losses that occur from post-harvest spoilage. In addition, SokoLink aims to shorten and create a fully transparent supply chain by linking farmers directly to export buyers in Europe through a digital platform. By removing brokers and unlocking access to export markets such as the Netherlands, SokoLink will help farmers retain more of the revenue from their avocado sales.
Payment for SokoLink’s services will be deducted from the revenue the farmer receives. After piloting this innovative model in Kenya, SokoLink hopes to expand to other products and eventually additional countries.
During the P4G funding period, SokoLink aims to mitigate about 62,000 metric tons of C02 emissions; increase farmer incomes by 40% on export trades; and reduce the average percentage of post-harvest food loss on export trades from the current 9% to less than 3%.