Kenya Agriculture

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What can be done to encourage the development of large-scale agricultural projects in Kenya?


Having suffered years of decline, Kenya’s domestic sugar industry is set for renewal in 2015 with the announcement of plans to privatise five state-owned sugar companies. With imports rising and production falling, the potential for private sector expansion is considerable – though rising input costs, low productivity and an expected influx of...

Chapter | Agriculture from The Report: Kenya 2016

Kenya’s largest contributor to GDP faced significant hurdles in 2015. Exports were hit by a slowdown abroad, and the continued depreciation of the shilling led to a jump in production costs. However, rising demand both at home and regionally and increased production levels are contributing to greater foreign investment, enabling the sector to maintain its economic importance. Plummeting global...

Kenya is one of the economic and political heavyweights of East Africa. Despite recent security issues, it is recording strong economic growth and maintaining its leading position in the region. Recent discoveries of new oil, gas and water reserves and a young population give further cause for optimism, and the government is working to put the right policies into place to maximise the country’s potential. 

A number of initiatives to improve irrigation and fertiliser supplies are under way in Kenya to boost productivity as the country looks to expand its primary agricultural output to ensure food security and support value-added industries. 

As East Africa’s largest economy, Kenya has seen its economy grow by more than 4% for the last three years, according to data from the World Bank, while an improvement in fiscal indicators and a new constitution encouraging devolution have helped to improve governance and the public balance sheet.