Sugar farmers chase government to follow law in forming regulations

Illegal sugar regulations presented without impact assessment or justification breached Statutory Instruments Act 2013, now before Parliamentary Committee on Delegated Legislation Sugarcane farmers have put the proposed 2018 sugar regulations before the Parliamentary Committee on Delegated Legislation to rule on the regulations’ failure to follow the law with rules that achieve the best results as proven by obligatory impact assessments. The farmers report that the heavily bureaucratic regime proposed, which demands selling of cane to only one, designated mill with no free market and introduces new controls over seeds and…

Coca-Cola introduces new range of beverage portfolio

Tapping into its global strategy, the Coca-Cola System in Kenya today announced its innovative portfolio of beverages into the market to offer customers more choice and convenience. The organization, which is evolving to become a Total Beverage Company, has been reshaping its growth strategy and operating model in line with changing consumer tastes and buying habits. Since 2017, it has broadened its product offerings in various category clusters including water, nectar juice, ready to drink coffee, tea bags and sports drinks. Amongst the products launched today was an addition to…

Nestlé calls on Kenyan innovators to take part in its R&D innovation challenge

Nestlé has invited Kenyan innovators and entrepreneurs to take part in its ongoing Research and Development (R&D) innovation challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of the company’s efforts to contribute to the local innovation ecosystem. The challenge will help boost local entrepreneurship, as well as provide a platform for start-ups and universities to contribute to local sustainable growth by bringing breakthrough ideas to the market. Other countries participating in the Nestlé R&D innovation challenge include Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. The goal is to work collaboratively with…

USAID Launches Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Zimbabwe

The program aims to generate sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector The five-year USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program (2018-2023) launched on May 30. At a launch event held at Africa Synod House, representatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Zimbabwe, a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer, and implementing organization Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) reaffirmed their shared commitment to strengthening agriculture and resilience in Zimbabwe. The USAID-funded John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program provides technical assistance by highly qualified American volunteers to farmers, farmer groups, agribusinesses,…

Kenyan food with a twist

“Food tastes much better when you eat it with your hands,” declares Nairobi-based food blogger Kaluhi Adagala, using her fingers to tease some freshly baked tilapia off the bone. “It’s like a hands-on, intimate relationship between you and the food.”Adagala is in the dining room of the Delta Plaza branch of contemporary Kenyan restaurant Nyama Mama bold with African wax prints with a colorful feast of fish, meat, samosas, cornmeal and greens prepared by executive chef Lesiamon Sempele. Nairobi is the vibrant, chaotic heart of Kenya. It’s a fast-evolving city…

Elani and Greenpeace Africa join hands to encourage ecologically friendly agriculture

Entertainment brand Elani has thrown its weight behind Greenpeace Africa’s campaign for practice of environmentally safe agriculture. The fact that food security is one of the items of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda means that we must all contribute towards successful agriculture. We should get to that point where Kenya does not have to import foodstuff. After all, most of these imports are coming into the country already contaminated and therefore dangerous for human consumption,” said Elani.   The band said their presence in Greenpeace campaigns will serve to…

Repair damaged dams in Kilome, Makueni government told

Community leaders have called upon the government of Makueni County to repair damaged earth dams in Mukaa Sub-county. Led by Dominic Mutunga, a local politician, the leaders now want their government to move with speed to mend the dams whose damage, they say, has created an acute water shortage in the area that relies heavily on irrigation agriculture to eke a living. We are experiencing a biting shortage of water in this area since these dams had their embankments washed away by last season’s rain waters. We wonder why our…

VAT will not affect Unga prices

Nairobi to host international grain millers’ conference with focus on trade wars and innovation  The Cereal Millers Association through its Chairman Mr. Mohamed Islam has confirmed that, despite the president signing the 8 % VAT law on the fuel, it will not affect the current prices of Unga at the retail shops. This is so because they had already reconsider this when the government lifted tax exceptions on wheat and maize floor products after a prolonged drought witnessed in the country early this year. Mr. Mohamed noted this during the…

Farmers urged to innovative to meet international market demand

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have been urged to increase value for their crops to enable competitiveness in the international market. Speaking During a meet the farmers’ forum held in Nairobi, the head of Dubai Chamber of Commerce Kenyan office, Michael Gathu noted that local farmers need to create an identity for locally produced agricultural goods. READ ALSO: Increased Security investment Soaring Kenyas’ Tourism “We are working to bridge the Gap and make trade easier between Middle East and Africa by identifying the needs of the international market and coming up…

Greenpeace calls on president to include Food Safety in Big Four Agenda

By Jacktone Lawi International environmental watchdog and lobby group has called on the government to put in place a standardization system for food supplies in a bid to save consumers from harmful foodstuffs. Greenpeace is urging the government to put in place robust policies and regulatory provisions that traces the food supplies through the value chain. According to Claire Nasike Greenpeace Africa’s food for life Campaigner, this will help in ensuring that standards are adhered to and food safety guaranteed.” The past few months have seen increased cases of substandard…