KadAfrica is the vision of Eric and Rebecca Kaduru—two young entrepreneurs who never imagined themselves living in the upcountry hills of Western Uganda, let alone farming! Located in Fort Portal, Uganda, the 27 acre KadAfrica Estate supplies fresh fruit and vegetables to lodges, hotels, and supermarkets in Kabarole District as well Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. KadAfrica looks to challenge the status quo though utilization of drip irrigation and greenhouse technology. Since its incorporation in May of 2011, the agribusiness is poised to become one of Uganda’s largest horticulture projects, and is currently Kabarole District’s largest drip-irrigated horticulture farm.
Through a strategic partnership solidified in July 2012 with the U.S. based venture capital firm, the Mango Fund, KadAfrica has moved into commercial production of export quality passion fruit. On its five-acre fully irrigated passion fruit plantation, KadAfrica supplies markets country wide as well as juice companies such as Coca Cola with fresh purple passion fruit for the production of juice and pulp. Additionally, KadAfrica passion fruit can now be found in markets in London, United Kingdom.
Amidst growing production levels and an expanding repertoire of produce, Eric and Rebecca strive to maintain a social aspect to KadAfrica. KadAfrica operates with the mission, “to empower the youth and small farmers, and equip them with new skills and techniques in production, quality packaging, and marketing for increased incomes,” which it achieves through the offering of trainings at the technologically equipped KadAfrica Estate in Kiburara village and at its teaching facility in the Rwengoma area of Fort Portal town.
KadAfrica further ensures a minimum of 50% of its employees are women in a community where women and young girls are usually uneducated, and expected to be the main breadwinners. Instead of hoping a small surplus can become income to support their families, KadAfrica employs and trains women and girls on how to maximize their yields for increased incomes. KadAfrica looks to end the cycle of women as subsistence farmers by providing them with the means necessary to feed their families and provide themselves and daughters with an education.
To empower youth and smallholder farmers through the cultivation of passion fruit by equipping them with training, seedlings and agro inputs, and a ready market for increased incomes and improved quality of life.See more