Seizing the moment: Agribusiness holds the key to economic transformation

By Chris Flowers Agriculture does indeed hold the key to economic transformation for Kenya and the East African region. The challenge, however, lies in practising agriculture sustainably in a manner that unlocks its true value from food production to agro-processing.   Ahead of the 27th United

Financial institutions must build internal capacity to address climate change risks

The effects of climate change have caught up with us, and they pose significant risks to different sectors. The agricultural sector is the worst hit due to changes in weather patterns and extended drought periods. The financial sector has also been greatly affected because climate

An explainer: The Shamba System

There has been much debate about the Shamba System over the past few days following remarks made by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua regarding reintroducing the controversial system. What is a Shamba System? The word shamba in Kiswahili means a farm. As the name suggests, under

Cost of farm inputs: Looking for a sustainable approach beyond subsiding fertiliser

President Ruto in his maiden speech during his inauguration promised to lower the price of fertiliser from the current KSh 6,500 to KSh 3,500 for a 50kg bag. A week later, the government set aside KSh 3.5 billion to subsidise 71,000 tons of fertiliser to

26th August 2022 Kenya Gazette Review

JUDICIARY Appointment  Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, Martha Koome, has appointed: Justice Joram Abuodha and Lady Justice Linnet Ndolo to be members of the Employment and Labour Relations Rules Committee, for a period of five (5) years, from August 26, 2022. The

Why global hunger is not going away soon

Press Relesase by UN The number of people affected by hunger globally rose to as many as 828 million in 2021, an increase of about 46 million since 2020 and 150 million since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a United Nations report. 

Avocado and Sustainability: We produce our fruit better than many other global market players

By Chris Flowers  The avocado fruit has, over the last decade and more, swept the world’s imagination and attention to iconic superfood levels. Like never before, the world has embraced avocado consumption, significantly increasing new plantings. However, environmental challenges lie as some of these new

Agroecology is the magical bullet to Food Insecurity and Sustainable Farming in Kenya

Agroecology is the application of ecological principles to agricultural systems. Studies reveal that agroecology offers solutions to the ongoing farming and food security challenges in Kenya such as drought, hunger, poverty, and inequality. Agroecology supports small scale farmers in diversity and ensures long-term balance between

Tapping into new practices and technologies to enhance sustainable agriculture for food security

Agriculture is critical to the African economy, accounting for 23% of GDP and 49% of direct employment. This means that the continent’s output must thrive and meet the demands of its growing population. However, agriculture is also a major part of the climate problem. It currently generates 19–29% of

A tale of missing potatoes and soft underbelly of the food supply chain in Kenya

Earlier this week, American food chain KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) came under fire after announcing that they had run out of fries due to a disruption in their supply for potatoes. The announcement elicited criticism and heavy debate as Kenyans sought to know why the

Unfavourable tax policies that continue to constrain the growth of the sorghum value chain

The story of sorghum based beer in Kenya illustrates the importance of government policy for the development of smallholder value chains. This has been evidenced by the changes in tax policy for sorghum based beer which in the recent past has been quite successful owing