Chilli peppers are grown as a cash crop by many small scale farmers in East Africa.
In 2011-2012, access2innovation was working with the NGO CARE to support chilli farmers near Fort Portal in Uganda near the Congolese border.
Chillies are fairly easy to grow and serves as a cheap repellent for marauding elephants and baboons, but the farmers needed access to a water pump to ensure a steady production, cold storage to prevent the harvested chillies from rotting and access to market price data to bargain a decent price for their product.
The project is no longer active, but you are welcome to browse through the related concept note.
Watch the access2innovation video doc on chilli farmers below.