Enhancing Market Access through Aggregation, Food Safety & Compliance to Standards in Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs
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.
Below is a list of speakers that will be at the 2019 Fruits Vegetables and Herbs Conference and Exhibition
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
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?
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)
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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?
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
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