our story

Our beginning: peace corps

While serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in a tiny village in Kenya called Miti Mingi, Phil Hughes was surprised to learn that on average farmers only sell up to a third of their harvest. The vast majority of fruit remains unsold and is left behind to rot. After learning that drying fruit opens new markets, creates jobs for the local community, and extends the life and prosperity of the food supply, Phil was inspired to create Mavuno Harvest.

Image: Phil Hughes, Kenya 2005

Our mission is to develop and invest in a food system that fosters mutual support for the people along the entire supply chain. Our goals are to:

  • Increase incomes for farmers of delicious, healthy and organic foods in developing countries.
  • Pay our farmers and producers a fair price for their products and help them build their businesses.
  • Deliver high quality, organic, and sustainably sourced and grown foods to the American consumer at an affordable price.

Mavuno Harvest: capitalism as a force for good

Since 2011, we've been working with small farming cooperatives to create supply chains to bring delicious, organic dried fruit from rural sub-Saharan Africa to the world.  We provide markets for these farmers and their products, thus increasing incomes, securing existing jobs and even creating new ones.

Image: Mango farming, Ghana 2022

Mavuno Harvest

Our Mission