Impact:10,000 farmers by 2020
Crop:Cotton, sorghum, potatoes, chickens
Partners:Base Titanium, Cotton On Group & Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Donors:DEG & FMO
Trustee:Kinondo Bank & WWF


Resource industries contribute favourably to economic growth in many developing countries. The entrance of companies, such as Base, into resource-rich areas like Kwale, can generate high expectations by the local population of increased employment and investment in local economies.

It is important, as part of a community development strategy, to find ways to design and implement programs aimed at promoting economic and employment opportunities, to allow the productive inclusion of the poorest. Base Titanium is achieving this through investing in a variety of commodities that are targeted to add smallholder farmers into the value chain.


Business for Development, through a market analysis, discovered that cotton was grown well in the community in the past. A pilot was created with 100 farmers to test whether it could be grown under current market dynamics. The community rallied around the crop and the quality of the output was exceptional. Through extension work, the program is looking to upscale up to 10,000 farmers and their families by 2020. Cotton On Group, an Australian retail multinational, not only invests in the project but importantly is the offtake partner for the sustainable cotton.

Importantly, to compliment the cotton crop, the by-product of cotton is being made into cotton seed cake which is used in feed for animals, namely chickens. As a result, women in the communities are empowered be an economic means to increase their income. Also, rotation cropping is being utilised with sorghum and potatoes.


In terms of life-cycle, this partnership has proven to work and is now scaling-up for. Base and the many other partners – NGOs, donors, private sector companies – are forming collaborative partnerships to undertake truly transformative work with farmers.  In a time frame of five years, this program is seeking to be self-sustaining. This means, with appropriate structure, a livelihood micro-economy has been established which will out-last the mine and seeks to have ongoing impact for thousands of members of the Kwale community for decades to come.