During the week of September 28, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted a site visit to Strategic Partnership grantee Lumuno Farms, a chili sauce producer and demonstration organic farm located near Lusaka, Zambia.
Lumuno is a small but fast growing producer of chili sauce for the local market with plans to increase production for the region. Lumuno buys its ingredients from over 500 smallholder farmers, primarily women, who are located in four provinces across the country and who have been trained with assistance from USAID to meet the quality standards required to be rated organic.
Through its USAID Feed-the-Future-funded Strategic Partnership Grant, the Southern Africa Trade Hub provided Lumuno with new crushing, filling, capping, labeling, and drying equipment. According to Lumuno’s owner Kama Mwebe, this equipment when fully operational will increase Lumuno production from 15,000 bottles of sauce per month to 25,000 – a 40% increase. While most of the expanded production will be sold locally, Lumuno is ultimately seeking to export to South Africa and Kenya.
Photo: According to Director of Marketing and owner of Lumuno, Khama Mbewe, the birds-eye chilis grown at the farm were once used exclusively for pest control. But with the increased demand for chili sauce on the local market and recognizing growing interest by smallholder farmers to produce chilis, red peppers, garlic, and onions for the wholesale market, Lumuno was formed