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Kenya

Overview

Kenya’s agriculture sector accounts for some 24% of GDP, 75% of industrial raw materials and 60% of export earnings. The sector further accounts for 65% of Kenya’s total exports, and provides a livelihood for the majority of the country’s population. 

Despite Kenya’s relatively strong commitment to the agriculture sector’s development, sectoral growth has remained below the 6% target. 2015, however, saw the sector recording its highest contribution to GDP ever measured, at 30%, representing overall growth of the sector of 5.6% - significantly higher than the 3.5% growth logged in 2014.This has been attributed to a range of factors including good weather and widespread, abundant rainfall, as well as increased use of inputs. 

The current overarching sectoral strategy is the Agriculture Sector Development Strategy (ASDS), covering the period 2010-2020, designed to support the delivery of the national Vision 2030 strategy in the agriculture sector. Agriculture is one of six priority sectors identified in the Vision 2030, and considered key to enabling the government to deliver on its annual growth target of 10%. The Medium Term Plan II (MTP II) of Vision 2030 commits the government to increasing public spending on agriculture to 8% of the national budget by 2020. 

Priority value chains for the Kenyan government are dairy, beef, pulses & oilseeds, potatoes, rice, mangoes, passion fruit, cashew, macadamia nuts, sisal, and cotton.

Grow Africa Priority Activities in Ghana

  • Grow Africa is prioritising the potato value chain through its activities driving the East Africa Potato Consortium in partnership with AGRA and the National Potato Council of Kenya.
  • Grow Africa recently added cassava as a priority value chain in Kenya. Cassava has the potential market in Kenya, for cassava starch, starch-based adhesives and high-quality cassava flour for industrial purposes.  Grow Africa in partnership with Self Help Africa (SHA) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) will focus on the creation of a value chain platform in 2018 to improve coordination and collaboration to address common issues.  
  • Grow Africa is also prioritising the oilseeds and pulses value chains in alignment with the government’s priorities and the market opportunity to supply growing local and global export markets.

The East Africa Potato Consortium was formed in 2016 through a partnership between Grow Africa and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and is hosted by the National Potato Council (NPCK) in Kenya, where the consortium plans to reach 23,000 farmers by the end of 2017. 

The goal of the consortium is to increase regional production and supply of this high-potential commodity by addressing bottlenecks across the value chain through coordinated action. Farmers will be assured of a ready market for their produce and processors will get a steady supply of quality potatoes. To achieve this, the consortium brings together farmers, inputs companies, processing companies, county and national governments for provision of supporting infrastructure and finance providers.

Early successes of the consortium in Kenya include supporting the creation of legislation to introduce local potato collection centres and steps towards the enforcement of a maximum potato bag weight.

With a roadmap in place, the East Africa Potato Consortium has begun implementation of its activities in Kenya. The five core areas of activity identified in the roadmap for the Consortium are policy advocacy, production and marketing, seed production and distribution, communication, and youth participation.

In Cassava, Grow Africa in partnership with Self Help Africa (SHA) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) will launch a Cassava Value Chain Platform to improve coordination and collaboration along the value chain, as well as facilitating the rapid dissemination and adoption of innovations, resulting in increasingly efficient linkages that benefit those poor who are economically active.   

This initiative will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to improve production, market linkages, and move cassava from a food crop into a industrial crop. This will include advocacy, coordination and harmonization activities.

Key Results
  • Grow Africa works with the National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK) to support the development of a potato value chain. The platform has diverse membership from private sector, research institutes, academia, development partners, and farmer organisations (with membership of over 40,000 through the Farmer Organisations).
  • The platform has been at the core of developing the National Potato Strategy, adopted and endorsed by Central Government. The National Strategy now serves as a basis for development of county level strategies. County level strategies for Nyandarua and Bungoma have been developed. The Viazi Soko ICT platform was established and supports over 40,000 farmers with information on certified seed suppliers, market linkages, and dissemination of advisory messages on good agricultural practices.
  • The platform has been at the core of developing the National Potato Strategy, adopted and endorsed by Central Government. The National Strategy now serves as a basis for development of county level strategies. County level strategies for Nyandarua and Bungoma have been developed. The Viazi Soko ICT platform was established and supports over 40,000 farmers with information on certified seed suppliers, market linkages, and dissemination of advisory messages on good agricultural practices.
  • The platform has also had policy engagements, playing an instrumental role in lobbying government for enactment of the 50Kg packaging bag policy which protects the interest of smallholder farmers on pricing. The platform has also been instrumental in facilitating government accreditation of private certified seed producers.
  • The platform has been instrumental in connecting value chain partners, especially seed breeders and merchants to the regulatory bodies. Partners connected include Mahindra Agribusiness, Charmvi investment, Hygrotech, Kirinyanga seeds, HY Gene Biotech seeds LTD, Youth Agency for Development of Science Technology and Innovation (YADSTI) and 3 individual seed producers from Nandi, Trans Nzioa and in Uasin Gishu County.
  • Grow Africa recently added cassava as a priority value chain in Kenya. Cassava has the potential market in Kenya, for cassava starch, starch-based adhesives and high-quality cassava flour for industrial purposes. Grow Africa in partnership with Self Help Africa (SHA) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) will focus on the creation of a value chain platform to improve coordination and collaboration to address common issues.
  • Grow Africa is also prioritising the oilseeds and pulses value chains in alignment with the government’s priorities and the market opportunity to supply growing local and global export markets.