Agri-business Value Chain and SME Development
HACO Industries uses natural biodegradable oils for our main products which we source from local farmers in rural areas in both Kenya and Uganda. We work together on quality management and climate-smart farming methods that not only guarantee supply but also focus on pollution prevention and control.
Additionally, as part of our larger objective to bring about equality and equity in the markets we operate, HACO Industries sources natural oils from rural farms with a focus on those that are women-owned or majorly employ women.
We have been intentional in uplifting the marginalized and vulnerable communities in Kenya.
We do this by absorbing micro-enterprises and agri-businesses into HACO’s value chain, making space for them to grow through decent work opportunities.
We know that the agricultural sector accounts for about 22.4 percent of the overall GDP, according to the Kenya Economic Survey of 2022. Nearly 75% of Kenyans earn part or all their income from this sector.
We are alive to this fact as a local company. The creation of our products is an inclusive process that seeks to end poverty through equality and equity. We source our natural oils from small-scale farms in rural Kenya that are either owned by or primarily employ women in their workforce.
Our Moringa Oil, for example, is sourced from the Moringa Estate in the coastal county of Kilifi. Majority of the farmers in the estate are women whose cultural context has rendered them poor and voiceless.
Many of these women are widows, while others are HIV positive, and have previously been excluded from meaningful economic activities due to customary beliefs and stereotype. Through Moringa farming they are empowered, and their dignity is restored. The by-products of Moringa are not wasted. The women sell them in their townships as animal feed and materials used to make briquettes.
Our Canola Oil is sourced from Nanyuki in Central Kenya. These farms focus on skilling small-scale women farmers in conservation agriculture. Many of them come from single households and impoverished backgrounds and are the sole providers for both their immediate and extended families. These climate-smart practices ensure that even as they earn a decent living, they actively boost biological diversity, reduce erosion and practice sustainable water conservation. Canola oil farming has given the women of Nanyuki agency over their lives and enabled them to be self-reliant.
On a broader level we intend to scale this work across the country and in the continent in the markets where we trade, with a view to growing regional economies through regional integrated manufacturing.