CoAmana Market Limited, a tech startup is keen to expand its buyer-seller activities in Kenya, with a focus on agricultural products. This is through its digital marketplace, Amana Market, which enables buyers to source produce directly from farmers and connect with other local businesses through a community-supported agriculture(CSA model).
The community-supported agriculture (CSA model) or crop sharing, run by CoAmana, is a system that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms.
CoAmana tech start-up organised a seminar in Nairobi
CoAmana tech startup recently organised a CSA day at Nairobi’s Karura forest in a bid to bring together farmers and consumers who are interested in buying directly from farmers at affordable prices. The event featured farmers and producers from 16 farming clusters including Nakuru, Narok, Nyandarua, Nairobi, Kiambu, Muranga, Laikipia and Meru.
The system is an alternative socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producer and consumer to share the risks of farming. The model is a subcategory of civic agriculture that has an overarching goal of strengthening a sense of community through local markets.
In return for subscribing to a harvest, subscribers receive either a weekly or bi-weekly box of produce or other farm goods. This includes in-season fruits and vegetables and can expand to dried goods, eggs, milk, meat, among other produces.