The Kwale Project has been growing high-quality white sorghum as an income earner during rotation cropping. Most locals use sorghum as a staple food crop, but it’s also used in animal feed, sweetener, ancient grains for bread concoctions, as a gluten-free alternative to wheat and … beer.

Diageo is the world’s largest producer of spirits and a key producer of beer. The Kwale team started supplying Diageo’s East African Brewery earlier this year with its sorghum. Diageo believes strongly in sourcing its raw material locally so that greater economic value is given to local economies directly.  

To date, 44 tonnes have been supplied to the brewer but with more farmers on board, 300 tonnes is expected to be supplied next year. As the crop is a food staple, most of the farmers are experiencing yields of around 1 tonne per acre, commonly holding 40% of this for food and selling the remainder.

The Kwale community is very excited by the development and future prospects for growth from working with a strong and stable buyer like Diageo.