Sacoma sweet potatoes is a business initiative by UK based company, SACOMA Foods and Global Business Innovation And Leadership Training (SACOMA-GLOBAL) Ltd (www.sacomauk.com). The business brings economic benefits for small-holder farmers in Kenya and the developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa by catalysing entrepreneurship in agriculture, supporting rural development, promoting creativity and food product innovation and value addition, post-harvest handling and agri-processing.
Our business aims to assist small holder farmers, communities and agri-food enterprises by providing them with technical capabilities that allow them to develop products for international markets, increasing their trade and income-generating capacity , meeting market needs, upgrading value chains and facilitating the creation of linkages between sellers and buyers.
We provide technical capabilities for sweet potato smallholder farmers to access international markets. We construct the necessary facilities and infrastructure and collaborate with trusted partners to develop demand led sweet potato products from African small holders for the international markets.
Our ambition is that this centre for food innovation will be where chain reaction begins; a node for food-tech companies coming to Kenya and for international food businesses looking to forge international relations. And Support the next generation of start-ups and discover the other social enterprises and companies that work with SACOMA GLOBAL to create more enterprises and jobs for food trends.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fibre, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) leaves provide a dietary source of vitamins and minerals. Sweet potatoes contain iron and are a good source of magnesium and potassium. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain. Sweet potatoes are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging. Support the next generation of start-ups and discover the other social enterprises and companies that work with SACOMA to create more enterprises and jobs for food trends
The investment in developing the capacity of farmers into cooperatives & producer groups , presents opportunity for subsistence small holder farmers, empowering the poor in the county to earn a living through enterprise and a sense of pride and be paid for their labour resulting in widespread prosperity and economic security.
Sweet potato is one of the most widely grown root crops in Western Kenya and in other parts of the Sub- Saharan Africa. It is predominantly grown in small plots by poor farmers; hence it is known as the poor man’s food. SACOMA contributes to changing the role of sweet potatoes from a reliable, low-input, low-output crop to an increasingly important market crop. The sweet potatoes tubers are harvested, cured, graded, stored and packaged or processed in a strictly controlled environment that meets international food standards
Our vision is to lead the Kenya sweet potatoes snack industry by establishing the benchmark for innovation, quality, manufacturing expertise and forward thinking on well packaged healthy value added sweet potatoes products for the health conscious consumers locally, regionally and internationally and for the growing vegetarian consumer market in UK/EU
THE INSPIRATION AND THE CATALYST: Perez Ochieng, the Director of SACOMA, decided to become the catalyst empowering and Inspiring rural small holder and local sweet potatoes farming communities by transferring knowledge, entrepreneurship and facilitating access to technology developing products to trade in the global market. Inspiring the sweet potato small-holder farmers into Enterprise and Food Innovation to provide sustainable incomes and improved quality of life through access to international markets and trade for a fair price.