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The Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs Conference and Exhibition will be at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies between 5th September to 7th September 2018. Below is the 3-day schedule for the event.

  • 5th Sept
    Day 1
  • 6th Sept
    Day 2
  • 7th Sept
    Day 3
  • Morning
  • Afternoon
8:00am Registration of Delegates
Documentary video

Visitors watch the documentary video

9:00am Opening Plenary 1: Fresh Produce Status in Kenya
Session Chair: Apollo Owuor, Chairman FPEAK

Presentation on the status of fresh produce – focus on fruits, vegetables and herbs in Kenya

  • Mr. Hosea Machuki – CEO, Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya
Opening remarks
  • Ms. Kimberley Tillock – Chief of Party, Agribusiness Investment and Market Stimulation (AIMS) Program Global Communities.
  • Mr. Joel Kootstra – Country Director, Netherlands Development Organization (SNV)
  • Mr. Albert Stockell – Managing Director SGS Kenya Ltd
  • Mr. Thomas Carr – Chief of Party RTI
  • Mr. Nehemiah Chepkwony – Interim Head of Directorate, Horticultural Crops Directorate
  • H.E. Alison Chartres Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
Official opening/Key note speech
  • Chief Guest – Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri E.G.H. - CS, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation

10:30am Group Photo and Gallery Walk (Exhibition)

Tea/Coffee Break

11:30am Panel 1: Food Safety
Session Chair: Ms. Mary Njuguna - Agriculture Sector Programme Lead, SNV

Presentation 1: Food safety policy issues Mr. Rikki Agudah - CEO, SOCAA) Presentation 2: MRL database Mr. Matt Lantz - Vice President, Global Market Access, Bryant Christie Inc, USA Panel – Public Sector

  • Dr Robert Kilonzo - Head of Food Safety and Quality Unit, Ministry of Health
  • Mr. Zakayo Magara – Deputy Director Crop Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation
  • Mr. Jairus Musumbi – Director of Public Health, County Government of Nairobi
  • Mr. Isaiah Kirema – Program Manager, TechnoServe
  • Ms. Stella Maina - Green Rhino

Lunch Break

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2:30pm Panel 2: Market Access and Logistics
Session Chair: Dr Andrew Edewa – Director, Compliance Kenya Ltd

Presentation -   Market Access Mr. Eric Ogumo – SOCAA Logistics – Dr Andrew Edewa, Compliance Kenya Ltd. Panel – Private sector and Development Partners

  • Mr. Peter Biwott CEO, Export Promotion Council
  • Ms. Wambui Mbarire – CEO, Retail Trade Association of Kenya
  • Mr. Gilbert Langat – CEO, Shippers Council of East Africa
  • Wakulima market Representative
  • COG (Makueni County) – CEC Agriculture
  • Mr. Jared Nyaundi – Director Internal trade

4.30pm Marketplace
Exhibitor pitching

5:30pm Cocktail and Networking
B2B sessions with prior booking

  • Morning
  • Afternoon
8:00am Closed Meetings
Invites Only

Development Partners -

  • Global Communities – Mr. Richard Muli & Mr. Stephen Kiarie (B2B Meetings)
  • SNV

8:00am Research Innovations Papers: Cases of innovation solutions for the value chain from Research
Session Chair: Dr Jane Ambuko - Senior lecturer and head of Horticulture at Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, UON

Presentation of papers (15 minutes each)

  • UON
  • Prof John Wesonga - Associate Professor - Department of Horticulture JKUAT
  • Ms. Catherine Kilelu - 3R Project
  • Ms. Scholastica Wambua – Research Officer, KALRO
  • Dr MaryLucy Oronje – Plantwise Knowledge Bank Coordinator East Africa, CABI

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

11:00am Panel 3: ICT in Agriculture
Session Chair: Global Communities

Session Chairs remarks Presentation: The Role of ICT in facilitating horticultural trade-

  • Mr. Fredrick Kiio - M-Agri (DigiFarm) / Connected Farmer Platform-Safaricom
  • Mrs.  Almut Van Casteren – Director, E-prod
  • Ms. Mumbi - Shamba Digital
  • Mr. Christian Bwakira – Vice President and Area Business Head, Master Card
  • Mr. Gerald Masila – Executive Director, GSoko
  • Ms. Josephine Simiyu - Manager-Compliance and Regulatory Services, HCD
  • Mr. Charles Kimathi – Standard Group
  • Nick Mwaura - Regional sourcing manager, International Procurement Logistics (Walmart & ASDA)
  • Ms.  Nikki Duncan - Director, Strategic Partnerships, Global Communities
  • Rusty Eason - Cold chain expert & consultant, Global cold chain alliance

1:00pm Lunch Break
Gallery Walk - Exhbitions

2:00pm Panel 4: Market Standards and SPS Regulations
Session Chair: Dr Virginia Kimani – Lead Consultant PARC

Presentation 1: Market Standards Mr. Kioko Ndolo – EAC Business Manager Certification and Business Enhancement – SGS Kenya Ltd Panel

  • Ms. Josephine Simiyu - Manager-Compliance and Regulatory Services, HCD
  • Mr. Bernard Nguyo – Manager PVOC Program, KEBS
  • Dr. Isaac Macharia – General Manager Phytosanitary Services, KEPHIS
  • Ms. Wambui Mbarire - CEO Retail Traders Association of Kenya
  • Mr. Philip Chemeltorit – Scheme Manager, React Cert Africa
  • Twiga Foods -

3:30pm Panel 3: Agriculture Finance
Session Chair: Brian Muriithi - Global Communities


  • Ms. Esther Muiruri – General Manager Agribusiness, Equity Foundation
  • Ms. Jane Mwangi – CEO, KCB Foundation
  • Mr.  Charles Gitau - Africa Agribusiness Alliance
  • Mr. Sammy Mwangi - IDH

6:00pm Dinner

  • Morning
  • Afternoon
8:00am Registration and Exhibition/Gallery Walk
Registration and Exhibition/Gallery Walk

8:30am Recap and Overview of Break-out Sessions
Value Chain Approach – Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs

Hosea Machuki, CEO FPEAK Value Chain Approach – Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs: Sectoral challenges and opportunities moving forward. Dr Lusike Wasilwa - Director Crop Systems, KALRO

9:00am Breakout Session 1: Fruits (mango and avocado)
Moderator: Alfonce Mutinda, Green East Traders

Moderator:  Okisegere Ojepat, CEO FPC Kenya Presenter:

  • Makueni County mango farmer
  • Mr. Joseph Mutua – Director- Market Systems Development at RTI International
  • Mr. Aintzane Esturo - Technical Manager -PMP
  • Mr. John Collins - International Fruit Union (IFU)

9:20am Breakout Session 2: Vegetables
Moderator: Ms. Grace Nyaa – Safe Produce Solutions

Presenter:  Yvette Ondachi – Director, Ojay Greene Testimonial: Ajay Saini – Director, Six Square

9:40am Breakout Session 3: Herbs
Moderator: Dr Lusike Wasilwa – Director Crop Systems, KALRO

Presenter:  Agnes Angwenyi - Executive Director, Mintos Herbs, Vegetables, & Fruits Limited

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


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

2:00 - 3:00pm B2B Meeting


  • Mr. Richard Muli - Trade Manager, AIMS Program, Global Communities
  • Mr. Stephen Kiarie - Trade Specialist – AIMS Program, Global Communities

4:00pm Departure