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HORTI & FLORICULTURE

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The Horti and Flori sector has become a blooming sustainable inclusive business sector in Kenya. Currently, the Kenyan horticulture industry is the fastest growing agricultural sub sector and provides foreign exchange earnings.

Challenges and issues for SIB in the Horti & Flower sector:

  • Difficulty in determination in constituting what is the ideal living wage for the employees in the flower sector.
  • Structural poverty, climate change, repression due to economic crisis, rising food prices and growing inequality have a major implication for rose farms.
  • Too many certifications required that maybe time consuming and costly
  • There is no minimum standard and tax incentive for re-investing in the community.
  • Flower growers encounter challenges in countries where water scarcity is an increasing concern due to the fact that each rose grown consumes 10Kgs of water.
  • Lack of incentives to do good and high-energy costs that makes it difficult to set a competitive advantage.

Needs of SIB in this sector:

The horti-floricultural sector engages in daily activities that tend to have a negative impact on their surroundings and therefore in order to promote sustainability some issues that need to be addressed. This sector faces equality, labor rights, empowerment and misuse of resources especially for those at the BoP.

The sector is currently facing sustainability pressures by markets in order to sell their produce at an international level. Therefore, this sector’s industry needs to be sustainable by gaining the right platform for knowledge and labor management in order to become successful and competitive.

Summary of SIB in the sector 

Sustainable flori and horti culture practices assist this sector in business growing responsibly. This is achieved by addressing people’s needs such as providing employees and the local community with welfare in terms of health, education, and equal labour pay. Planet concerns are also addressed by responsible water-use, soil and space use, energy-use, environmental impact, use of fertilizers. On the ‘People’ side of business it requires workers welfare. These are vital aspects for a profitable business especially for a sector that engages with international standards. For more practical examples visit KFC farm members.

News

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Tools

Publications

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Practical Examples

  • Oserian

    Oserian is one of the largest multi crop flower farm in Kenya that has positioned its self in the forefront Read More
  • Florensis

    Florensis has been providing professional growers with excellent plant propagation material and solutions. The company’s extensive line of plants propagated Read More
  • Finlays

    Finlays is a well-respected global brand, with a 250+ year old heritage. It has operations in many countries and in Read More
  • Tambuzi

    Tambuzi is an ethically run business that aims to produce the very finest garden scented rose that money can buy. Tambuzi Read More
  • More praticle examples

    For more practical examples visit KFC and her members farms. 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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