Accessing markets and building viable consumer bases are a major challenge for all business ventures and the Organic Agriculture Industry is no exception to such realities. It has been our experience that to have any worthwhile business relationship, it is pertinent that all value chain actors from farmers, traders, processors and retailers (not forgetting supporting actors such as certifiers, government and non-governmental actors, inputs suppliers among others) work collaboratively. Collaboration fosters trust and allows players to identify, explore and actualize business opportunities.
The Business Summit was able to outline some areas of interest and to present compelling arguments of why the Organic Agriculture Sector in Kenya is ripe for the picking.
With such a rich pool of stakeholders represented we hope that the event will ignite the spark of collaboration among Organic Agriculture Sector players.
From the Summit Three Thematic areas of interest were identified for collaborative pursuit;
- Organic Vegetables and Fruits for Local Market
- Organic Fruit for Export
- Organic Herbs and Spices
The Business Summit was the just a 1st Step in many to, discussions in the various thematic groups have already commenced with many actors already moving forward in identifying opportunities.
In order to coordinate these collaborations WhatsApp groups have been set up based on the Thematic Groups(TG).
The groups are being coordinated as follows;
|1||Organic Vegetables and Fruits for Local Market||Martin Njoroge|
|2||Organic Fruit for Export||Clement Adongo
|3||Organic Herbs and Spices||Emma Njoki|
One has to be an interested party to participate in any of the above group and must offer some value to the discussions being held. The main purpose of the groups is to explore business opportunities that must Benefit Farmers in Murang’a County.
Contact Martin Njoroge – 0725 295 437 for more information.
If you missed the summit
Residents of Kikuyu, Ndenderu, Sigona all the way to Limuru, you can now get ready access to Organic Food from the Kikuyu Organic Farmers market. The farmers are residents of Ondiri and Regen area where if you talk to them nicely will be able to organise basket deliveries and other value adds.
VENUE : MUGUMO PARK KIKUYU TOWN
DATE: 12TH DEC 2020 (INAUGURAL LAUNCH)
Hosted by Ondiri Organic Farmers Group.
conducts inspections and analysis on foods sampled in different markets all over the country or commissions scientists to conduct such food analysis. This is in a bid to:
1. Safe Guard authenticity of organic food. Organic foods should not have any synthetic chemicals or heavy metal residues, by conducting such food analysis we are able to ascertain that the standards have been maintained and that the consumers are getting what they pay a premium for. If a contravention is detected, consumers will be warned and traceability will be conducted to identify the perpetrator and make sure their product are no loner marketed as organic.
2. Provide consumers with knowledge about food safety, pesticide residues are common place in Kenya, a fact that most might not be aware of. Therefore presenting scientific evidence of such findings provide consumers with tangible reasons to transition to organic.KOAN Staff collecting vegetable samples for food analysis in local market
The organic Industry in Kenya is alive and bubbling. As a fly on the wall in many of the Whatsapp Groups full of passionate and driven organic players you can rarely go wrong with Organic Farmers Markets. And with the COVID 19 Pandemic what better way to get immunity boosting foods than from certified organic farmers?
Here are some of the Organic farmers markets in Nairobi;
1. INOGOF FARMERS MARKET GARDEN ESTATE
Available every Saturday for many years , the INOGOF farmers market is the best place to source vegetables, fish, chicken and other rare items only found in the organic industry. You can find them at Kidventurous Restaurant along garden road. Once you become a regular customer, they will add you to their WhatsApp Group where you can order and have the produce delivered to your door step. If you would like to make a purchase, give a donation or just learn more about the group you can contact Martha – 0722 722 099
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