KENYAN farmers will benefit from a partnership between a global farming and food company in Pagham and Aldi stores.
The produce will be grown by the farmers involved in the Growing Futures Project, an initiative run by international development charity Farm Africa and funded by the supermarket.
Barfoots has a long-standing relationship with Aldi and has committed to transporting two tonnes of green beans from farms in Kitale in western Kenya to Aldi stores in the Midlands.
To date, the project has helped more than 400 young people, pictured above, to grow and sell vegetables that are in high demand to enable them to earn money and build sustainable businesses.
The green beans are the first product from the partnership to hit Aldi’s shelves in the UK.
Rebecca Charnley, the commercial manager at Barfoots based at Sefter Farm, said: “This is an opportunity for us to further the commendable work that Farm Africa does in Kenya and across eastern Africa.
“Local farming needs to be supported and promoted, and it’s fantastic to be involved alongside Aldi.”
Aldi UK managing director of corporate responsibility, Fritz Walleczek, said: “Barfoots’ work is crucial in enabling us to deliver Farm Africa fresh produce directly to our customers, which supports farmers in Kitale.
“It’s an exciting step in our relationship with both Barfoots and Farm Africa, and we can’t wait to hear our customers’ feedback.”
Barfoots grows, processes and packs a range of vegetables at farms and facilities across the globe. A family-run business, it employs about 400 people.
it is fully powered by waste and re-uses 120,000 litres of wastewater a year and generates all its energy from an onsite waste plant.