KENAFF & the Big Four Agenda, 2018-2022


The government of Kenya has identified four critical imperatives to be achieved between 2018 and 2022. The four are way-stations towards the Kenya Vision 2030 and include:

1.    Food and Nutrition Security;

2.    Affordable housing;

3.    Enhanced manufacturing; and

4.    Universal healthcare

KENAFF and her members shall contribute to the two that most align with our mandate: Food and Nutrition Security and Enhanced manufacturing. We believe our work in these two has a direct and positive effect on the other two. 

Food and Nutrition Security

Our country's agricultural production and productivity is usually erratic because the majority of our farmers depend on rain-fed agriculture. The severe distortion of weather patterns by the effects of Climate Change has, thus, exacerbated this even further. This leads to intermittent localized and/or general food and nutrition insufficiency for large segments of the population. More importantly, but insidiously, this has created a pattern of food and nutrition insecurity, characterised by drags on economic growth rates, generalised poor socioeconomic indicators and a blot on the nation. To redress this, KENAFF shall endeavour to:

  • promote and build progressive capacity for farmers to practice Climate Smart Agriculture. Among other things, this shall include the promotion of drought resistant  and location specific crop varieties; promotion of farm forestry; agro-forestry and afforestation; promotion of household level and farm-level water harvesting; promotion of farm-level and community-level irrigation projects and promote the applications of conservation agriculture wherever suitable;
  • promote the thinking and practice of sustainable land use management, including  soil conservation, progressive land use practices and the proper and sustainable applications of natural capital including forests and water; 
  • advocate for the sustained conglomeration of farmers along commodity value chains and, ultimately, into small and micro enterprises in order to leverage economies of scale in production and market access;
  • advocate or the establishment and development of nation-wide farmers' mutual aid schemes to hedge on risks associated with agriculture;
  • canvass business for farmer owned and centred SMEs and companies from the government and the private sector. In turn, this shall trigger the setting up of cottage industries, structured storage and distribution and, hence, reduce the incidence of post-harvest losses; 
  • promote alternative revenue streams including farm-vacations, agro/eco-tourism, farm tours, farm-stays, etcetera, for farm families, farmers' alliances and farmer owned SMEs
  • advocate the adherence to the highest food safety standards for both the domestic and export markets and promote "Kenya grown" as a premium food label domestically, in teh EAC, AU and  around the globe;
  • build capacities on value chain development for optimal production, productivity, market access and growth for producer alliances and farmer owned SMEs 
  • establish and run a Beginning Farmer Institute of Kenya to provide a testing ground, launching pad and training forum for citizens interested in agribusiness and other investment opportunities in the agricultural sector value chains 
  • pursue and negotiate local, regional and global  sustained market access and trading opportunities for farmer owned SMEs, companies and producer alliances 

Enhanced Manufacturing 

The President's decision to support manufacturing by lowering power tariffs shall contribute towards the government's stated desire to enhance the manufacturing sector's contribution to GDP by 6%, from 9% to 15% between 2018 and 2022. This can only be achieved when the factories have the raw materials to work on. This is where farmers and other actors in the agricultural sector value chains come in. KENAFF shall support this imperative through:

  • build capacities on value chain development for optimal production, productivity, market access and growth for producer alliances and farmer owned SMEs  
  • advocate for the sustained conglomeration of farmers along commodity value chains and, ultimately, into small and micro enterprises in order to leverage economies of scale in production and market access; 
  • canvass business for farmer owned and centred SMEs and companies from the government and the private sector. In turn, this shall trigger the setting up of cottage industries, structured storage and distribution and, hence, reduce the incidence of post-harvest losses.