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…

Laikipia County Government COVID-19 Response teams Receives 550 bales of Soko Maize Meal from Capwell Industries

Capwell Industries head of corporate affairs Obadiah Gitiye. The donation will go a long away in supporting vulnerable communities within Laikipia County who have been greatly affected by the pandemic, stating that affected families will each receive two packets of Soko maize meal 2kg. Thika based food and beverage processing company  Capwell Industries Limited, has donated 550 bales of Soko maize meal to Laikipia County Government emergency response team as part of the firm’s corporate efforts to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the country’s economy.…

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…

SOCIOECONOMIC COSTS OF COVID 19 MAY GO OVER AND BEYOND THAT OF HIV

By Joanne Mwangi-Yelbert As news of the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emerged, global financial markets reacted pessimistically and behaved in ways not seen since the 2008 financial crisis, the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression of 1929. A full understanding of the potential economic and social impact of the virus which leads to this disease remains difficult to predict. This is because spread of a disease on this scale both geographically and exponentially is unprecedented in the modern world. Since the first reported case in Wuhan China,…