What We Do

Asante is a sustainable agro-forestry company, providing a business solution to rural farmers in Kenya.  Agro-forestry, or forest farming, intentionally integrates trees together with agricultural crops in a system to create environmental, economic and social impact. Our core products are tropical hardwood trees and agricultural crops grown primarily for their essential oils.  

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How We Do It

We use an innovative “land bank” concept to partner with marginalized, rural communities whereby the community donates land and Asante plants high value trees, intercropped with cash crops such as ginger and moringa.  Food crops such as maize and legumes do well when grown underneath the nitrogen-fixing trees.  These large community farms provide jobs and food for rural families along with long-term wealth as profits are shared upon harvest between Asante and the community. 

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Asante specializes in value-added processing to capture as much value as possible of each crop to return income to the famers and rural communities where we work.  Our innovative approach raises farmer incomes over 5 times and will plant 2 million trees in Kenya by 2020.

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Why We Do it

Our vision is to improve the lives of thousands of rural families in Kenya by creating sustainable agri-businesses that address the critical gaps small-holder farmers’ face, primarily access to crop financing, value-added processing, and most importantly, connection to markets.  Our goal is to increase farmer incomes and improve food security and environments in marginalized communities through profitable, sustainable agro-forestry enterprises.  We reinvest a portion of profits back to the communities we work in with water, education, microfinance or other projects identified by the community.  The funds are managed by a community-led committee.

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FUNDED FARMERS

Asante is helping hundreds of small-holder farmers. By 2018 we will have thousands of rural families who are part of our Asante Grower’s Association, growing essential oil crops like ginger and moringa and trees like eucalyptus and melia volkensii. Through the Asante Tree Farms Model farmers will raise their income over 5 times through increased productivity and growing high-value cash crops with guaranteed markets.