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    25-Sep-2019 Kenya School of Monetary Studies
  • 25-27
    Sep 2019
    Fruit Vegetables and Herbs
    Conference & Exhibition
    Kenya School of Monetary Studies
  • Fruit Vegetables and Herbs
    Conference & Exhibition
    Kenya School of Monetary Studies
Conference& Exhibition Theme

Enhancing Market Access through Aggregation, Food Safety & Compliance to Standards in Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

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About Fruits Vegetables and Herbs Conference

The main objective of the meeting is to bring together stakeholders (both public and private) in the fruit and vegetables subsector to discuss challenges and opportunities in the subsector with greater emphasis promoting competitiveness of Kenya’s fresh fruits and vegetables through greater adoption of models that that will support support aggregation, value addition and agro processing.

Meet Our Speakers

Below is a list of speakers that will be at the 2019 Fruits Vegetables and Herbs Conference and Exhibition

Apollo Owuor
Chairman, FPEAK
    Mwangi Kiunjuri
      Chairman, FPC Kenya
        Global Communities
          Safe Produce Solutions Ltd

            Day 1: Market Place
            Day2: Plenary and Breakout – Market Access – Finance in Agriculture – Production at all levels – Trade – Food Safety
            Day 3: Plenary and Exhibition

            • 25th Sept
              Day 1
            • 26th Sept
              Day 2
            • 27th Sept
              Day 3
            • Morning
            • Afternoon
            8:00am Arrival and Registration of Delegates
            Documentary video

            Documentary video

            8:30am Panel 1: Regulatory Framework
            Session Chair: Ms Gladys Maina

            All regulatory agencies have a duty to ensure sector growth is supported in compliance with relevant instruments of domestic and international trade. These instruments are subject to change in line with emerging issues and developments and must be reviewed regularly. What is the current status and changes in Kenya’s horticultural regulatory framework in light of developments such as the increased food safety scares in domestic and export markets, processes around the Africa Continental Free Trade Area and emerging EU regulatory requirements among others?

            Expected outputs

            • Updates to regulatory frameworks and implications on horticulture will be presented to participants
            • Identification and engagement in regulatory coordination and harmonization processes
            Presentation: Overview SPS and quality related challenges for horticulture products in Kenya – Dr Andrew Edewa


            • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries - Joshua Oluyali,
            • AFA (HCD) – Grace Kyalo
            • Ministry of Health – Dr Kepha Ombacho
            • Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives – Dr Joyce Ogundo

            Tea/Coffee Break

            11:00am Opening Plenary : Focus on Market Access for Kenya’s Fresh Produce
            Session Chair: Mr. Hosea Machuki

            Scene setting on the status and developments in the fresh produce sub-sector since 2018. The horticulture sector continues to grow but is this growth at the potential or not? What is driving the growth, is it uniform for all commodities and in all markets. What is the forecast for the upcoming period? Presentation: Focus on Market Access for Kenya’s Fresh Produce in National, Regional and International Markets - Mr Peter Biwott, Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency (KEPROBA)

            Opening remarks

            • FPEAK Chairman – Mr. Apollo Owuor
            • UNIDO – Dr. Andrew Edewa
            • COLEACP – Jeremy Knops
            • Managing Director, HCD – Mr. Bernard Ondanje

            Official opening/Key note speech

            • Chief Guest - Dr Chris Kiptoo, PS. Ministry of Trade, Industrialization and Cooperatives

            12:30pm Group Photo and Gallery Walk

            Lunch Break

            2:00pm Panel 2: Impacts of Standards, Technical Regulations and SPS Measures
            Session Chair: Mr Charles Tumbo, EPC

            Recent revelations of a number of conditions for access to a new market recently announced for Kenyan avocados beg the question, do advisors on markets and value chain actors understand the SPS issues to be overcome before access to markets is fully assured? Is there exhaustive review of standards, technical regulations and SPS measures?

            Expected outputs

            • Status with standards, technical regulations and SPS measures
            • Required interventions and experiences for horticulture sub-sector
            Presentation – Impact of Phytosanitary, Food Quality, Safety and Standards – Dr. Andrew Edewa, UNIDO


            • RETRAK – Ms Wambui Mbarire
            • GLOBAL GAP – Ms Jennifer Mbuvi
            • Sunripe – Mr Tiku Shah
            • KEPHIS – Dr Esther Kimani
            • KEBS – Ms Margaret Aleke
            • Ministry of Trade, Industrialization and Cooperatives - Mr Godfrey Odero

            4.30pm Marketplace
            Exhibitor pitching

            5:30pm Elgon Kenya Cocktail and Networking

            • Morning
            • Afternoon
            8:00am Registration and Gallery (exhibition) Walk

            8:30am Panel 3: Implementation of Market Access requirements along the Value Chains
            Session Chair: UNIDO

            Market access is a misunderstood but crucial component for competitiveness. Value chain actors must produce in accordance to the requirements of their markets issues and that requires a farm to fork approach that ensures compliance and competitiveness.

            Expected outputs

            • Briefing of current market access requirements
            • Value chain actor perspectives on implementation of market access requirements
            Presentation: Implementation of Market Access requirements along the Value Chains. Jeniffer Githinji - MESPT


            • Elgon Chemicals
            • Green Rhino
            • Instaveg – Mr. Ashibon Mwangi
            • Twiga Foods - Ms. Rachael Kabuga
            • Association of Kenya Mango Traders – Linah Mukami
            • Frigoken
            • Kenarava – Mr Ronald Dianga

            10:30am Health Break
            Enjoy a cup of cofee/tea

            11:00am Panel 4: Value Chain Services to Enhance Market Access
            Session Chair: RTI KCDMS

            The role of value chain services in enhance market access is sometimes misunderstood. Producers tend to engage service providers in reactive manner due to audit or certification requirements imposed on them. Factoring the required value chain services into business is important in order to have sustained sub-sector growth.

            Expected outputs

            • Clarity of market access requirements and trends
            • Unpackaging of new and innovative value chain support services
            Presentation: Value Chain Services to Enhance Market Access: Case Study of AAK Spray Service Initiative. Eric Kimunguyi, AAK.


            • Certification – Reactcert/ Africert
            • Ashok Leyland – Hussein Kamal
            • Testing and Calibration - SGS
            • Dry Associates – Ewart Salins
            • Logistics – Mitchell COTTS – Mr. Maina Kio
            • Advisory Services – Ms Nekesah Wafullah, SOCAA
            • BigCold, - Mr Newton Matope

            1:00pm Lunch Break

            2:00pm Panel 5: Innovation, Technology and Sustainability
            Session Chair: Mr Henry Kinyua, Digital Green

            The role of research and academic bodies in supporting sub-sector competitiveness through development of human resource capacities and addressing knowledge gaps is important. The gap between industry actors and research and academic bodies needs to be reduced in order to benefit all actors in horticulture. Reviewing the latest in innovation, technology and information exchange systems is key to sharpening horticulture

            Expected outputs

            • Information on new and cutting-edge developments from research, academia and knowledge brokers and how these developments can enhance competitiveness and growth
            Presentation: of papers (15 minutes each): Role of research in driving horticulture competitiveness – Dr Lusike Wasilwa, KALRO


            • UON – Dr Jane Ambuko
            • JKUAT – Professor John Wesonga
            • Egerton University – Professor Mahungu
            • 3R - Piloting an innovative market approach to deliver high quality and safety focused fresh fruits and vegetables to middle to low income consumers in Nairobi – Reflections on lessons before take-off – Catherine Kilelu
            • AgriProfocus – Horticulture Learning Loop – Andrew Mwaura

            4:30pm Marketplace
            Exhibitor pitching

            • Morning
            • Afternoon
            8:00am Registration and Gallery walk
            Registration and Gallery walk

            8:30am Panel 6: Role of Development Partners in Enhancing Market Access
            Session Chair – Ms Gladys Maina

            Greater coordination and harmonization of support programs by development partners in alignment with public and private sector in prioritization of interventions and funding to overcome food safety, market access and standards related challenges affecting the horticulture sub-sector will lead Presentation: Advances in Expanding Mango Export Markets- The Creation of Pest Free Areas and Low Pest Preference Mango Zones – Geoffrey Kiganiri – KCDMS

            • UNIDO
            • MESPT
            • RTI – USAID KCDMS'
            • SNV
            • DANIDA
            • GIZ
            • ITC
            • DFID
            • EU

            11:00am Health Break
            Guests break for a cup of tea/coffee


            11:00am Panel 7: State of Horticulture in Counties
            Session Chair: Ms Jane Musindi, SOCAA

            What are the initiatives counties are undertaking to support horticulture value chains? How can interested agripreneurs engage and what are the investment opportunities in the counties?

            Expected outputs

            • Status of Horticulture in the Counties
            • Overview of horticulture investment opportunities in the counties
            • Analysis of respective county CIDPs and their support to horticulture value chains.
            • Presentation: Role of Counties in Horticulture Development – Agatha Thuo
            • Panelists

            • Counties (CIDPs and specific support activities) – Nyandarua, Makueni, Kiambu, Nakuru
            • County based producer organizations

            12:00pm Breakout Session 1: Fruits
            Moderator: Mr Isaiah Kirema

            • We look at the Mango Value chain to establish emerging opportunities and the interventions needed to increase productivity and profitability of the value chain. Key Exporters
            • Association of Kenya Mango Traders
            • BIF BDS Project- Makueni

            12:00pm Breakout Session 2: Vegetables
            Moderator: Mr Nicholas Kahiga

            This year we look at diversification with a focus on Asian Vegetables. What are the trends and opportunities for entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) in this value chain? Presentation; French Beans Production in Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia and Elgeyo Marakwet

            • Mboga Tuu
            • Makindu Growers
            • Farm Africa

            12:00pm Breakout Session 3: Herbs & Spices
            Moderator: Ms Grace Nyaa

            • Are the opportunities in fresh herbs and spices or in value addition? Is it really an exciting market prospect and what does it take to succeed in production given the limited crop protection options Afri Herbs
            • Moringa for Life EPZ
            • Mitos Herbs Veg and Fruits

            11:30am Closing Session
            Session Chair: Sylvester Maina - Chairman, FPC Kenya

            Closing remarks

            • Summary of conference proceedings (rapporteur)-Agreed outcomes and way forward
            Closing ceremony
            • Hon. Mary Nzomo - Chair CEC Agriculture Caucus & CEC Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Crop Management, Trans Nzoia County
            • H.E. Mike Mbuvi Sonko – Governor, Nairobi County

            1:00pm Lunch
            Note: Exhibitions will be open throughout the day to 3pm

            Media Center

            Event Hosts

            The 2019 Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs Conference and Exhibition is proudly brought to you by

            Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya
            Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya
            Partners and Sponsors

            Different stakeholders have come together to make the conference a success. Below are some of the companies and organizations we have partnered with for the Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs Conference and Exhibition in 2019.

            University of Nairobi
            Ministry of Agriculture and Planning
            Government of Kenya
            Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya
            Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya
            Horticultural Crops Directorate
            Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity
            Kenya School of Monetary Studies
            Nairobi, Kenya
            Along Thika Superhighway, Exit 6