BAT refutes claims that ‘Battle of minds’ Completion is meant to promote Tobacco  

BAT Kenya has refuted claims made in various media channels that the Battle of Minds student competition serves to advertise and promote its tobacco products. In a Statement released today by the spokesperson for BAT Kenya said: “Battle of Minds is the BAT Group’s global internship competition designed to offer graduates who are 18 years and above, an opportunity to gain real practical work experience. Our aim is to strengthen the company’s talent pool and develop the next generation of leaders. “Established to attract, celebrate and support the best and brightest…

Grocery chains now adapting to capture new markets.

With an increasing demand for customer-centric service and changing customer behavior, Kenyan supermarkets are having to redesign and rethink their strategies in order to survive. Willy Kimani, the Chief Commercial Officer of Naivas Supermarkets, speaks about the evolving customer base, “The Kenyan customer is changing; it is right now more informed. The customer has now become more complex, he is demanding more.” Around two-thirds of Kenyans buy their groceries in traditional markets or smaller stores and kiosks. Bryan Sun, Nielsen Africa Managing Director, explains how this creates the potential for…

FUJIMORI, THE BARINGO MAN WHO SERVES KORIEMA MEAT TO NAIROBIANS

In his hometown, the dusty village of Kapluk Sub-Location in Kerio Valley in Baringo County, where he attended his primary and secondary school they fondly call him Fujimori- a nickname he inherited from former Peru President owing to his love for history and quick grasp of political events. He is, in their eyes, a hardworking son whose thirsty for success in life took him miles away to the coastal city of Mombasa two decades ago. And upon his return from a journey he started literally with nothing, had to his…

GAUGING THE ECONOMIC WAVES OF CORONAVIRUS ON KENYA

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the apex body of the private sector in Kenya, this morning resolved to engage all its members to begin to calculate the projected economic impact of Coronavirus in each sector. The collated input will inform the development of a rapid response mitigation plan to minimize the impact of the outbreak on the Kenyan market. It will also allow the private sector to measure the impact of the expected global slowdown of trade on Kenya. KEPSA is encouraged by Executive Order No 2 ofhttps://www.expresstoday.co.ke/?p=2932&preview=true 2020…

women entrepreneurs in Kenya to benefit from KES10 billion kitty

Absa Bank Kenya PLC has today announced a KES10 billion fund to advance credit to women-owned small and medium enterprises over the next five years as part of the new customer value propositions under the Absa brand. The women fund is part of the bank’s commitment towards advancing diversity and inclusion by empowering women with financial resources and capacity building to grow their businesses. The money will be availed to women entrepreneurs through the existing banking products including unsecured and secured loans, trade finance, asset finance, property finance and working…

Greenpeace Africa  Lauds Plans to Roll Out Off-Grid Solar Electricity in Kenya

Responding to the news that the Government of Kenya has partnered with the World Bank to finance off-grid solar projects in Kenya,  Amos Wemanya, Greenpeace Africa’s Campaigner has said:   Greenpeace Africa has received this news with a lot of eagerness. The project will help rural off-grid households access electricity that is important in unlocking their economic potential. “Kenya is among the countries that have been hit hard by the impacts of climate breakdown. Investing in clean energy technologies such as solar, especially for the rural off-grid households will help…

CABI launches resource centre to promote use of safer bio products in farming

The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) has launched a free-to- use dedicated online resource aimed at raising awareness of environmentally friendly biocontrol and biopesticide products  and promoting their uptake by growers, their advisors and farmers. The CABI BioProtection Portal will be available initially as an online website that can be used on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers, to help growers and pest management advisors identify, source and correctly apply biocontrol and biopesticide products for their specific crop-pest problems. An offline version will follow within the next weeks to…

AVPA Secures Ksh. 100 Million Partnership with USADF for Social Impact

The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) has signed a KES 100 million shillings partnership with the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) to connect and empower investors looking to support organizations willing to address societal issues over the next four years. The funds are provided by USADF – an African-led US enterprise development agency that empowers vulnerable communities to create sustainable livelihoods – and will be disbursed in amounts of 25 million shillings every year for the next four years to tackle issues affecting people ranging from health, education, financial…

Del Monte Kenya reaches amicable settlement with Competition Watchdog

Del Monte is contributing to achieving the Big Four Agenda, with its local cultivation, agro-processing, and value addition supporting manufacturing and food security in the country. Food processor Del Monte Kenya has reached an amicable settlement with Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK), after voluntarily amending a missing wording on the packaging of one of its products. The Thika based company in a statement, said that it had amended the wording on its packaging long before the Competition watchdog initiated their investigation, and this position was acknowledged by both parties leading…

Experts warn food security under threat due to locust invasion

The current Desert Locust situation poses a serious threat to food security and livelihoods according to regional experts.   This is the worst Desert Locust situation in 25 years for most of the affected countries, for Kenya, in 70 years,according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Unusual weather and climate conditions have contributed to the spread, including heavy and widespread rains since October 2019. A further increase in locust swarms is likely to continue until June due to the continuation of favourable ecological conditions for Desert Locust breeding.…