Del Monte launches Women Health and Empowerment Program targeting over 10,000 women.

Murangá based food processor, Del Monte Kenya Limited (DMKL) has officially launched its Women’s Health and Empowerment program with a six – day employee awareness campaign offering free Reproductive Health Cancers screening and Contraceptives use. The Del Monte Kenya Medical Team and peer educators from Family Health Option, will also sensitize the employees and their dependents on Menstrual Health Hygiene, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV. They will also offer trainings and counselling on Gender-Based Violence in and out of the workplace. According to Del Monte Kenya’s Managing Director, Stergios…

Greenpeace Africa Raise Concerns Over Governments Plans to Shift Farmers Out of Farming

Greenpeace Africa has raised concerns with the proposal to  commercialise agriculture in Kenya. The lobby organisation says that the government and the Ministry of Agriculture want to shift farmers out of agriculture by commercialising Kenya’s agriculture sector through a new agricultural policy, the agricultural sector transformation and growth strategy (2019 – 2029). This policy also seeks to increase the use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers among Kenyan farmers. This is despite evidence from a white paper by Route to Food that some of the pesticides used in Kenya are harmful…

The British farm that went from ‘biological desert’ to biodiversity hotspot

Credits CNN In a report for Call to Earth, CNN visited the Knepp estate, a 3,500-acre area in the south of England, where a traditional farm has been transformed into a biodiversity hotspot through rewilding. Rewilding aims to restore ecosystems to a natural state and often involves the reintroduction of native animals. Since starting the process in 2001, Knepp is now home to an array of different creatures and has become a celebrated conservation success story, attracting many rare species and transforming the landscape from an English country farm to untamed wilderness. CNN…

From Google to garbage disposal: the environmentalist cleaning up India’s lakes

In an interview with CNN, Indian conservationist Arun Krishnamurthy explains why he quit a promising career at Google to lead a community effort to rejuvenate India’s urban lakes. Speaking as part of the network’s Call to Earth initiative, Krishnamurthy outlines why India is facing a range of water-related challenges, with around 70% of the country’s surface water being polluted according to the Asian Development Research Institute. Krishnamurthy tells CNN part of this is due to growing urbanisation and garbage-dumping alongside the impact of climate change: “There is excess rainfall in…

State Swings in to Resolve Del Monte Land Issues

The land lease dispute between the giant company Del Monte and the residents of Kiambu County has attracted the eye of President Uhuru Kenyatta who has directed the Ministry of Lands to resolve the issue as soon as possible. According to the Lands Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri, the Head of State has given the Ministry until the end of the Month of July to have the issue resolved after Washington called on Nairobi to intervene. “All parties will be listened to and the government will conclusively deal with the issue…

Africa’s agriculture value chains needs digital to transform production

Africa must seize the opportunity of the COVID-19 pandemic to deepen the digitalization of agricultural value chains and transform the sector, speakers at a webinar jointly hosted by the FAO Investment Centre and the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) said. The webinar, held on 10 June, is the first of a four-part series discussing transforming agriculture in Africa through digitalization. It explored digital responses that can be quickly deployed to address the disruptions to food systems, caused by COVID-19. It also examined the requirements for digital transformation in agriculture on the continent.…

Coronavirus has stress-tested our food systems, and many are set to fail

By Eric Kimunguyi, CEO, Agrochemical Association of Kenya Coronavirus has brought enormous setbacks, suffering, and forecasts of a global depression ahead following the closure of so many economies for so long.  But if there has been one area where it has exposed our global fragility, that area has been food. Certainly, this hasn’t gone unremarked. At the level of international geopolitics, the World Food Programme has warned us all that we are moving into a famine of what it has called ‘biblical’ proportions, by which, it’s fair to say, the…

300 bouquets flowers for Hope sent to UK in Solidarity amid Covid-19

Kenya has sent over 300 bouquets of flowers to London, United Kingdom in a show of solidarity with a country that remains its prime floriculture market amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The consignment was flown by the national carrier Kenya Airways Friday night and received by Flamingo Limited UK. The flowers will be distributed to those in the frontline of combating the pandemic including doctors, nurses and recovering patients and care homes in a campaign dubbed Flowers For Hope. The initiative stems from a committee set up by President Uhuru Kenyatta…

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…