Strong growth of European and US organic markets has urged organic cultivation all over the world. Supported by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other development partners, farmers try to improve their incomes by tapping into the opportunities that these expanding organic markets offer. Many farmers in developing countries (DCs) already produce organically by default, making it relatively easy to convert to certified organic agricultural practices.
TOAM plans to support farmers to commercially grow Kidney beans and assist in working towards organic certification. Kidney beans were chosen for their export potential, outside Africa. However, at least in the short run, these farmers will not be able to meet the stringent international standards. Therefore, this report examines the potential of organically certified Kidney beans on the local and regional markets.