To contribute to food security and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa through equitable commercial relationships between small farm enterprises and markets. Within the frame of sustainable agricultural production, we focus on the heterogeneous groups of smallholder farmers with an entrepreneurial ambition. STEP-UP will support smallholder producers to access relevant technologies, innovations and management practices for the transition to commercialized production.
STEP-UP combines sustainable intensification (SI) and market linkage (ML) strategies to enable small farm enterprises (SFEs) to step up towards food and nutrition security, sustainable development and income generation. Through a participatory multi-stakeholder approach promising technologies will be identified, implemented and assessed in mango and banana food value chains (FVC) in Kenya and Uganda.