Kenya Agriculture

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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?

Horticulture contributes around 36% of Kenya’s agricultural GDP, with the sector employing 6m Kenyans and showing strong annual growth. Kenya is a major global market for value-added mixed vegetable packs sold in European supermarkets, and the third-largest flower exporter globally after Colombia and Ecuador, driving horticulture to become one of the largest export...

What are the real prospects for growth in Kenya’s flower industry?

Tea and coffee are among Kenya’s most important export commodities and both have seen production and export values expand considerably in recent years. However, both segments are also heavily dependent on the international export market, leaving smallholder farmers vulnerable to volatility in world prices for the two crops.