On 11th – 14th June, 2018 the Kenya Embassy hosted an Agri-Food delegation from Kenya. The delegation comprised members of agriculture/agribusiness trade of Kenyan companies and associations involved in the agriculture sector, including stakeholders of the Potato Capacity Building (PCB).
The delegation was led by Kenya’s Principal Secretary for State Department of Trade Dr. Chris Kiptoo and involved officials from Kenya Government Departments, Export Promotion Council, Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya, EAST Africa Tea Trade Association, Nyandarua County (PCB Project), KEPHIS GM Quality Assurance (PCB Project), IFDC (PCB Project), Kevian Kenya Ltd (Private Sector, PCB Project), and Kenyan media.
The trade mission served as a premier for the Africa Ireland Economic Forum (AIEF) scheduled to take place in Dublin on Thursday, 11th October, 2018.
The Agri-Trade Mission’s Objectives were:
- To introduce potential Kenyan business partners to Irish business people and companies
- To increase awareness of Kenya and East Africa as a market for Irish goods, services and investment
- To learn from Ireland’s experience in transforming its Agri-Food sector into one of the most advanced and innovative food exporting industries in the world
- To develop business and institutional links between Kenya and Ireland.
The mission visited several Irish businesses in Agri-Food processing with a view to getting a scope of elements of the Irish Agri-Food industry with the possibility of developing business relationships, related to;
- Potato breeding, post-harvest management and harvesting
- Research and innovation
- Value addition and exporting
- Agriculture inputs