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The HORTI-GREEN consortium is integrated by SUSTALDE, the University of Nairobi (UoN), Consumer Information Network (CIN) and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

SUSTALDE will act as Coordinator and will be responsible for the correct execution of the action, as well as for the technical, economic and administrative management of the whole action. Besides, considering SUSTALDE’s experience on the promotion of SCP practices by MSMEs, SUSTALDE will provide support to local partners for the implementation of the SCP and EMS practices in MSMEs, the conduction of the marketing and consumers’ awareness raising campaigns, etc. Moreover, SUSTALDE will coordinate the activities related to the assessment of green finance opportunities and the development of green business plans by MSMEs, as well as the development of proposals of incentives to support sustainable MSMEs.

UoN, with extensive knowledge on food technologies and food processing techniques, will be responsible the provision of technical assistance to MSMEs for the implementation of SCP practices in the horticultural processing industry. Likewise, UoN will train selected business intermediaries and service providers in SCP practices and mechanisms in order to build a strong and competent panel of experts.

Given that KEBS is one of the leading Certification bodies in the East and Central African Region, it will coordinate the capacity building activities on Environmental Management Systems and ISO standards, and will lead the implementation of EMS in the selected MSMEs for their certification against internationally recognised standards. Besides, as a statutory body established by the Government of Kenya, KEBS will play a key role in the involvement of relevant governmental authorities and policy makers in the action by means of different activities such as the organization of forums & roundtables.

CIN, a consumer organisation which actively promotes consumer responsibility through education and advocacy, will provide insight into Kenyan consumers’ preferences and constraints for sustainable consumption and will lead the marketing and consumers’ awareness raising campaigns. Moreover, CIN will participate in the roundtables with Kenyan authorities, stressing the importance of institutional consumption choices to support the transformation of Kenya towards an inclusive green economy, among others.

Finally, it is worth highlighting the participation of the Kenya Manufacturers Association (KAM) as associate. Considering the large number of horticultural MSMEs that belong to KAM, the collaboration of KAM will be key for effectively reaching MSMEs as well as for ensuring their involvement in the project activities.