SunCulture

SunCulture produces and distributes solar irrigation equipment that allows off-grid smallholder farmers to operate more efficiently and reliably.

The project

SunCulture’s smart solar irrigation systems enable farmers to intensify production, mitigate climate risk, and can allow growers to transition to higher-value crops. By providing growers with high quality solar irrigation technology, complemeted by customised information services and pay-as-you-grow financing, AgriFI will allow smallholder farmers to access profitable new fruit and vegetable value chains.

  • The project will allow the roll out of pay-as-you-go financing at scale being provided to the farmers in order to increase the affordability of SunCulture’s irrigation solution to smallholder farmers.
  • AgriFI Kenya will support the launch and enhancement of the AgOptimized information service, linked to the Rainmaker 2, which was introduced to the market in January 2019. The AgOptimized service will deliver data-driven customized advice to individual customers to optimize the irrigation of their crops, complemented by training and agronomic guidance from SunCulture’s in-house agronomists.
  • The project will help SunCulture set up support centres to allow provision of services to smallholder farmers that cannot be delivered digitally, notably by setting up Support Centres for rapid after sales services for maintenance issues, as well as a best practice farm. The best practice farm will serve as a demonstration, training, reference and learning site to show the use of the RainMaker irrigation system, good agricultural practices, and information services to optimize productivity, quality and sustainability.
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IN BRIEF

Sector

Input Supply (irrigation)

Target Smallholders

10,000

Service centres established

Demonstration farms established

20

Target Jobs

538

Counties

Meru, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Nakuru, Kisumu, Kericho, Homa Bay, Siaya, Kakamega, Kiambu, Nairobi and Machakos