Village Cereal Aggregation Centres (VCAC)
Promoting better post-harvest practices for food security and market linkages
Village Cereal Aggregation Centres (VCACs) introduce post-harvest technologies and support farmers to engage in safe near-farm cereal storage, in order to increase food security and their capacity to trade competitively. VCACs comprise grain processing and bulking facilities, fully equipped with aflatoxin-testing kits, moisture meters, threshing, drying and bagging gear, and hermetic storage. The initiative offers farmers comprehensive training in post-harvest management including aflatoxin and pest control methods, grain marketing and trading standards, and business and financial management.
Kenya Promotions & Marketing Company (Holdings) Ltd. provides technology, expertise and establishes fully equipped post-harvest management centres.
The Ministry of Agriculture supports the establishment of the VCACs on a public-private sector basis and promotes the establishment within key cereal production areas.
The National Irrigation Board supports small-scale farmers to engage in irrigation farming.
Equity Bank provides financing to farmers to access agro-inputs and markets.