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AGRI BUSINESS, FOOD & NUTRITION

Sustainable and Inclusive practices are the roots in the Agri business sector. This has assisted Kenyan farmers by providing livelihood opportunities for low-income communities in commercially viable ways.

Sustainable and Inclusive Business in the agro sector

Agricultural sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Therefore, long-term stewardship of both natural and human resources is of equal importance to short-term economic gain. This enhances stewardship of human resources by considering social responsibilities such as working and living conditions of labourers, the needs of rural communities, and consumer health and safety both in the present and the future. Examples of sustainable and inclusive methods include green fertilizers, effective value chain, education, reduction of water usage and low pollution, soil care, recycling and usage of renewable energy.

Furthermore, a practice can start in becoming sustainable and inclusive by joining a knowledge platform where effective daily operational methods are provided for both the farmer and the society. This type of knowledge tool assists the practice by providing training methods such as train the trainer, toolkits, seminars and events that in turn encourages effective methods for land management.

For more good practice examples and insights - Kenya Agricultural and Agroindustry alliance

The Dairy sector

Only a minor fraction of Kenya’s milk production is exported mainly due to the fact that a number of trade conflicts arose by regional importing countries (Tanzania and Zambia) filling that Kenya’s raw milk faces insufficient quality and poor processing methods. SNV (2013) confirms this by stating that dairying in Kenya is domestically focused activity with a large information sector and only 18%-20% of the milk passing through formal market chains.

Sustainable and Inclusive Business in the Dairy sector

SIB aims to address this challenge by providing tools and awareness around this issue in order to strengthen the dairy sector by improving raw milk qualities, possibilities for export will arise, improvement in product shell life and production costs will decrease. In addition, an improvement in quality will inturn increase consumer’s food and safety policies that is currently a big issue faced by the dairy sector.

Challenges and SIB issues in Agro sector:

  • A decrease in soil management can result to desertification, wind and water erosion that in turn can affect yield production.

  • Misuse of water methods such as overuse and disposable systems is a major issue due to the scarcity on water availability.

  • Spraying insecticides and fungal pathogens does affect society due to type of toxic ingredients that are combined into drinking water and loss of habitat by decreasing genetic diversity of wildlife. Thereby, this causes potential health hazards in contaminating water and food due to lack of knowledge on the adequate amount of chemical use in farming practices.

 

Needs of SIB in the Agro sector:

Reflecting on the factors mentioned above, it is vital to understand that unsustainable methods eventually results in global climate change that in turn affects resource availability due to misuse of good agro practices. This then proceeds in creating economical and social problems by agribusiness with manufacturing industries getting involved with processing and distributing farm products hinders farmer’s incomes and productivity. An inclusive value chain is necessary to solve this issue. Agro-ecosystems cannot be sustainable in the long run without the knowledge, technical competence, and skilled labour needed to manage them effectively mainly specified towards farmers. Given the constantly changing and locality-specific nature of agriculture, sustainability requires a diverse and adaptive knowledge base, utilizing both formal, experimental science and farmers' own on-the-ground local knowledge. Social institutions that promote education of both farmers and scientists, encourage innovation, and promote farmer-researcher partnerships can increase agricultural productivity as well as long-term sustainability.

Thereby, this confirms the need for a sustainable agriculture approach so that there is proper utilization of natural resources in order to regenerate production and minimize harmful impacts on ecosystems beyond a field's edge. This will lead to growing good Agro business.

Quick tips for the Dairy sector:

  • Provide farm extension workers that will assist in support and instruction to farmers.
  • Use of cooling tanks operators and transporters along the chain
  • Enforcing upon ensuring that there are milk testers, facilities and equipment present for dairy producers and farmers to sell their products.
  • Provide perfect customer information such as where the products is from, amount and type of ingredients.
  • Ensure animal and labor welfare are incorporated.
  • Use green energy. 

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Practical Examples

  • Mara farming

    Mara farming Before Mara Farming’s existence Chris had worked together with other European retailers developed local community growth by building hospitals, water Read More
  • Sasisni Ltd

    Sasisni Ltd Sasini is an Agri business and has operations in dairy, horticulture and forestry. Sasini emphasises on Sustainability with in their Read More
  • Kakuzi Ltd

    Kakuzi Ltd Kakuzi is a Kenyan agricultural cultivation and manufacture company. It main produce includes tea, avocados, pineapples and livestock. Read More
  • Kenya Nut Company

    The Kenyan nut company grows and processes organic nuts and premium coffee. Their mission focuses on combining economic, community and Read More
  • Happy Cow Limited

    Happy Cow is a fully fledged dairy manufacturer focused on producing a diverse portfolio of quality, value added dairy products. Read More
  • Mlango Farm

      Introduction Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to Read More
  • Kenya Rabbit Com Consortium

    Kenya com rabbit consortium Plants require a number of soil nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur for their growth, but Read More
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Networks

  • WBCSD

    This organization aims in creating businesses that are inclusive in order to galvanize the global business community by expanding access Read More
  • SEA (Sustainable Entreprenuer Award)

    SEA focuses on business that have lucrative business models that have solutions to corporate problems in order to enhance sustainable Read More
  • SNV

    SNV provides access to advisory services, promotes the development and brokering of knowledge and support policy dialogue at the national Read More
  • Bio-innovate Africa program

    This program emphasis on the use of modern biosciences to improve crop productivity and resilience to climate change in small-scale Read More
  • SEED Africa Symposium

    The Seed Africa Symposium is an international forum that enables investors, policy makers, business leaders and practioners to examine emerging Read More
  • Inclusive Business Accelerator

    This is an open innovation platform that connects social innovators, business coaches, impact investors and advisories to find the right Read More
  • Kenya Flower Council

    Kenya Flower Council (KFC) is a voluntary association of independent growers and exporters of cut-flowers and ornamentals, formed in 1996, Read More
  • Kenya Healthcare Federation

    Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) is the health sector representative for the Kenya Private Sector Alliance. KHF is dedicated to engaging Read More
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