Niklas Kull and Gabriella Rubin

The project name ”Made in Kenya” refers to two things, the end result that shall be locally produced in Kenya and the field trip to Kenya that the project is based on. The result is a human powered juice extractor for small scale farmers in rural Kenya.

Agriculture engages one third of the world’s labour force and the majority of these are small scale farmers. In Kenya, small scale farming is the largest employment opportunity and these agricultural activities are extensively undertaken by women.

Organic farming is a sustainable management system, not only from an environmental point of view, but also from an economic and social aspect. With the aim of learning more about small scale organic farming, we made a three week field trip to Kenya. We wanted to get to know our intended target group, to understand their everyday life, needs and wishes. In addition, we wanted to see what opportunities and constraints there were in terms of market and manufacturing. Assisted by a non governmental organization, Biovision Foundation, we visited farmers, local markets, agricultural universities, manufacturing sites etc.

Many farmers that we met expressed a great interest in adding value to their produce, e.g. drying, canning, juicing and marketing. One specific problem is the seasonal oversupply on the local markets. By starting up a small scale juice production, the farmers are differentiating themselves on the market, enabling them to sell their products at premium prices.

The end result is a human powered juice extractor, which can be produced locally by the large informal manufacturing sector, jua kali, from available materials and manufacturing methods. Since the juice extractor is produced by the jua kali, the local economy is stimulated and makes the product accessible in rural areas at a low cost.

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