Without nicotine alternatives, Kenya’s tobacco industry is growing  

By Joseph Magero, Chair, Campaign for Safer Alternatives   This World No Tobacco Day, Kenya appears to be further than ever from reducing cigarette sales and smoking. Its decision not to have any smoking reduction plan or policy since 2015, is proving to be good news for the smoking industry. For, without it, the government’s cocktail of ignoring nicotine replacement therapies and banning tobacco alternatives is leading to a surge in cigarette sales, according to global market researchers, in an unexpected windfall for the country’s cigarette producers. For those of…

OPINION: Africa’s War to Secure the Internet     

By John OMO-Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union  Worldwide, more than 782 million new internet users have been recorded in just two years since 2019 prompting heightened scrutiny on cybercrime. A 2020 UN report noted that cybercrime is on the rise, with 7,000 data breaches recorded in 2019 alone, exposing more than 15 billion records.  The cost of such breaches is expected to top $5 trillion by 2024. This undesirable projection is one that experts warn that Africa, just like the rest of the world, must objectively look into and attempt to…

Opinion: Why you need travel insurance for that holiday or business trip  

By Nixon Shigoli Many people when planning a journey – a vacation, family visit or a business trip – often don’t factor in travel insurance. Yet this type of insurance offers crucial protection against financial risks associated with travel like illness, injury, trip cancellation and luggage loss. Like other types of insurance, the purpose of travel insurance is to guard the insured against financial losses arising from a particular activity. Anything can happen when you are travelling and, therefore, you need to plan for emergencies that may potentially ruin your…

Why farmers need to adopt sustainable farming practices to combat climate change.

By Sammy Kirui, HSC Kenya is the third largest producer of black tea globally after China and India, and is the world’s largest exporter of black tea, contributing over 20% of total world exports. The sector is therefore significant to the global and national economy. According to the Ministry of Trade, tea and horticulture are among the top export earners in Kenya, contributing approximately 1.5 percent to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018. Tea is Kenya’s principal agricultural industry; and the continued viability of the sector is critical…

Uganda’s rural entrepreneurs are a model for clean energy access in Africa

By: Marvin Tumusiime It’s a little-known fact outside of this part of the world, that Uganda is a hotspot for entrepreneurs. My home of Uganda is brimming with an enterprising community ranked as one of the most entrepreneurial in the world. So as someone working in the climate space for 7 years, I didnt just see the climate talks in Glasgow as an opportunity to tackle climate change, but also as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to help Uganda leapfrog dirty fossil fuels and serve communities across the country with clean energy. This is…

Covid-19 brings out the resilience of Kenya’s flower industry

By Baiju Kantaria, Director at Elgon Kenya Last year at the height of COVID-19 the Kenya flower industry was grappling with a cocktail of threats that had taken a toll on production including tough weather conditions, pests attacks and limited cargo space occasioned by the impacts of the pandemic that saw a skyrocketing of cargo space costs. The heartbreaking images of flower farm workers harvesting flowers and dumping them as lockdowns and cancellation of flights took effect are poignant reminders of the fragility of the sector to global shocks that…

Public private partnership grows Kenya’s agriculture fortunes in a tough year

By Nelson Maina.   Kenya’s agriculture has beaten the odds of a difficult 2020 to end on a high, having registered one of the best growth trajectories across key segments in a long time.   Indeed these fortunes are attributable to a fairly good weather and unprecedented coordination in delivery of inputs and services as witnessed during the Covid-19 lockdown when President Uhuru Kenyatta on advice from the private sector placed agriculture among the essential services to be exempted from curfew.  Not even the invasion of desert locusts early in…

OPINION: How Restaurants and Bars can adapt to the New Normal

It must feel like a shot of dopamine every time you go out with friends and family. After not having seen them for a while in the quarantine period, the excitement of having to spend time with them again is amazing! The online music sessions organized by innovative DJs, the virtual worship ceremonies, home-delivered brunch and takeaway margaritas were okay but did not surpass the moments spent with friends and family with great ambiance and togetherness. The good high you get when you have a few glasses or if you do…

OPINION: Conserve Nature to Achieve SDGs

As we reflect on the past five years when the ‘No one left behind’ commitment was made, it is vital to evaluate how close we are to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of embracing everyone. It is undeniable that the SDGs were set to provide a direction for alleviating poverty, hunger, health, education and inequality and in them lies the approach to making these changes happen. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were initially framed to provide a solution both to nature degradation and climate change with a clear roadmap that would…

Planning is more important than prediction for Africa’s property sector now

By Gerhard Zeelie. An understandable response to the economic fallout of Covid-19 is for governments, industries and businesses trying to predict the path that the global economy will take in the coming months and years. However, given that this is a challenging exercise at best, it’s probably a better investment of valuable time and effort to ponder the many lessons – some very hard to swallow – that the pandemic has taught us, and integrate them into our future business and investment plans and strategies, so that we’re more prepared…