Kenya Agriculture

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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. 

Chapter | Agriculture from The Report: Kenya 2014

As the country’s largest employer and contributor to foreign exchange, agriculture is a critical pillar of Kenya’s society and economy, and the sector has grown steadily in recent years, despite facing a host of challenges. Although staple crops and subsistence farming are critical to maintaining food security, Kenya is also the world’s largest exporter of black tea, and the country’s...

 

Boasting some of the highest-quality horticultural crops in Africa, Kenya’s economy is heavily dependent on export earnings from a host of cash crops, including black tea, coffee, horticulture and floriculture. Exports have pointed to a strong performance, and recent private sector investment in cargo and agricultural processing facilities at...

How can small-scale farmers insulate themselves from rising costs and increased global supplies?

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