July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Kenya

One man’s mission to create a buzz around the power of pollinators

May 28th, 2015

A Kenyan entomologist is forging cultural change, urging farmers to spray less and foster the insects that help boost yields through pollination.

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Can Kenyan avocados outprice the competition in Hong Kong?

March 11th, 2015

Terra Exports plans to raise its shipments of Kenyan avocados fifteenfold for the Hong Kong market this year.

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Japan: Kabocha and Yuzu turn heads at Fruit Logistica

February 13th, 2015

Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.

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Kenyan avocado farmers lifted by five-year NZ aid program

October 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research is hoping to double 1,200 Kenyan avocado growers’ returns in a decade.

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Coca Cola untaps US$5B for African investments

August 6th, 2014

Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.

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Demand high, laws tightening for EU organic market

May 26th, 2014

Two European organic produce experts say consumers are now more mindful of the stories behind their food, but upcoming EC regulations could make the category much tougher.

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Kenya prepares small farmers to reach Europe

April 2nd, 2014

Pesticide residue concerns have pushed Kenya’s plant service to focus on safety to reach export markets.

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Peru: Camposol aims for year-round supply in avocados, blueberries

February 17th, 2014

From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.

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Kenyan avocado farmer looks to go organic

January 3rd, 2014

To compete internationally, one Kenyan avocado grower is looking at fair trade and organic certification.


Matoke banana varieties show promise for East African growers

November 20th, 2013

New cooking banana varieties could ward off Black Sigatoka and give a production boost to East African farmers.

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Kenyan avocados struggle under pressure from Peru

July 15th, 2013

Avocado suppliers from Kenya face a tough challenge in Europe from the large and often favored Peruvian supply.

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East African farming gets European Union support

March 15th, 2013

The EU has granted US$1.8 million to benefit East African agricultural development.

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Kenyan exporters “offended” by European bean inspection delays

February 12th, 2013

Kenya’s Stephen Mbithi has dealt harsh words to the European Union for untimely bean inspections for pesticide residues.

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Africa pushes for genetically modified food ban

November 27th, 2012

The African Union has been asked to consider a genetically modified food ban this January.

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Shippers cut risk premiums as piracy stats improve

September 20th, 2012

Improved security measures against piracy have led to lower risk surcharges for routes off the Somali coast.

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Kenyan farmers should exploit global fruit demand

June 29th, 2012

Kenyan fruit farmers should borrow more and capitalize on the export market, a senior expert has advised.

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Kenyan fruit & veg sales drop after chemical ban

May 22nd, 2012

A voluntary dimethoate ban in Kenya has cut back production and sales in the first quarter.

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Kenya set for new multi-million dollar fruit processing plant

May 4th, 2012

A new fruit processing plant and passion fruit growing nursery are about to go ahead in Kenya.

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European avocado prices drop as SH supply takes off

May 2nd, 2012

Peru has sent some insufficiently ripe avocado shipments to the U.K. in a bid to capture higher prices.

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Opinion: Why Kenya needs a world class port

April 13th, 2012

The World Bank’s Wolfgang Fengler highlights how better port facilities could help lift Kenya’s economy.

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Tanzanian fruit fly threat could stop country’s shipments

February 24th, 2012

Tanzinian orange farmers have been warned that their livelihoods are at risk unless the country can control its fruit flies.

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Mango information group gathers momentum after Berlin meeting

February 15th, 2012

The Mango Marketing Promotion and Information (MMPI) platform is in full motion towards reaching its goals.

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Kenyan growers upbeat on exports despite dimethoate ban

February 7th, 2012

Kenyan producers are optimistic exports will continue to grow despite having to use more expensive pesticides.

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Kenya bans dimethoate

February 2nd, 2012

European buyer backlash has led Kenya to ban its use of dimethoate on crops.

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Danish govt to support Kenyan passion fruit farmers

January 27th, 2012

A Danish-backed initiative aims to boost the organization of Kenyan passion fruit farmers.

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Frosts hit Kenyan horticulture in the Rift Valley

January 20th, 2012

Frosts have hit a Kenyan tea, coffee, avocado and tomato-growing region.

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Fair trade audits aren’t costly and improve lives, says Nature’s Pride CEO

December 22nd, 2011

Nature’s Pride CEO Shawn Harris says fair trade goes beyond ‘greenwashing’ and needs strong checks to ensure its credibility.

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Kenyan govt to open mango processing plant in 2012

December 16th, 2011

The Kenyan government is set to open a mango processing plant in January in a bid to improve grower returns.

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U.S. to import Kenyan beans

November 11th, 2011

U.S. officials have decided to allow Kenyan beans into the country provided they are cut and checked for pests.

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Kenya restricts banana seedling movements to contain disease

October 24th, 2011

Kenyan officials have restricted banana plant seedling movement in an attempt to contain wilt disease.

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Kenya’s main avocado season coming to a close

October 19th, 2011

Kenya’s major avocado exports are finishing up for this year, while a currency fall has brought a new dynamic with it.

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European avocado imports down 9%

September 16th, 2011

European avocado arrivals are down 9% in the season to date, as South Africa and Peru make way for Israel and Spain.

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Commercialization on the rise for Kenyan wild fruits

August 26th, 2011

Commercialization of wild fruits has increased in Kenya with entrepreneurs selling baobab, marula, tamarind and African plum seeds to growers.

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Del Monte to reduce Kenyan water usage

August 11th, 2011

Multinational Del Monte has announced a new drip irrigation system will reduce its water usage in Kenya by 30%.

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Kenya cuts horticultural export estimate

August 8th, 2011

The euro zone crisis has led to reduced growth forecasts for Kenya’s horticultural sector.

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African avocado exports to Europe down 20.5%

August 3rd, 2011

Africa’s two key avocado-exporting countries have recorded a combined 20.5% year-on-year fall in shipments to Europe in the season to week 30.

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Aussie organization offers rain technology in Africa

August 2nd, 2011

An Australian organization is offering artificial rain technology to drought-stricken African countries, which could help improve agriculture and relieve hunger.

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Kenyan fruit farmers benefit from Coca Cola factory

August 1st, 2011

Kenyan farmers have been able to avoid wastage losses by delivering fruit to a Coca Cola juice factory.

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New tomato varieties launched in Kenya

July 29th, 2011

Kenya-based Orion Seed Company has launched two new hybrid tomato seeds.

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Southern Hemisphere avocado exports to rise 9.7%

July 20th, 2011

Avocado exports from the Southern Hemisphere’s major suppliers are set to grow 9.7% to 224,000 metric tons (MT) in the 2011/12 season.

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Kenya demands GM food labels

July 18th, 2011

The GM debate is heating up in Kenya with the government calling on importers to declare the existence of transgenics for labelling.

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South African avocado crop falls 40%

July 18th, 2011

South Africa’s avocado crop has fallen dramatically this year, but the industry is positive on future European and U.S. export potential.

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Kenya should capitalize on avocado demand, says report

July 12th, 2011

A Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project report has highlighted potential for increased avocado exports.

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Technology needed to reduce Kenya’s mango losses

July 4th, 2011

A university lecturer has called for greater use of post harvest technology in Kenya to reduce mango industry losses.

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Kenya looks to domesticate wild fruits

June 23rd, 2011

Kenya’s wild fruits have been so successful a local research institute plans to commercialize them.

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African free trade area to draw investment to SA

June 14th, 2011

A new free trade area could strengthen South Africa’s position as a regional investment springboard.

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Kenyan farmers produce ‘pomato’ plants to improve land use

June 9th, 2011

Kenyan farmers have bred a ‘pomato’ plant in a bid to improve land use and fight hunger.

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NZ investors bet on Kenyan avocadoes

May 27th, 2011

Kenyan avocado farmers hope a New Zealand-backed factory will help boost exports to U.S. and European markets.

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Kenyan politicians propose macadamia export ban

May 25th, 2011

Five Kenyan MPs have called for protection of the macadamia industry from Chinese investors.

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Kenyan avocado exporter faces outcry over access road

May 11th, 2011

A Kenyan avocado, pineapple and tea exporter could face forceful land acquisition if it doesn’t reach agreement over road construction on its land.

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FAO supports pan-African seed testing labs

April 29th, 2011

The FAO has announced its support for a new initiative to boost harmonization of seed markets across the African continent.

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Kenya to launch solar-powered farm

April 14th, 2011

A solar-powered farm to be launched in Kenya in June will be the first of its kind in Africa.

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Kenyan researchers develop new fruit seed varieties

March 30th, 2011

High yielding bananas, fast maturing mangoes and plumper passion fruit are just some new fruit breeds the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) has developed.

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Poor avocado harvest cuts profit for Kenyan company

March 21st, 2011

Kenyan tea and fruit company Kakuzi has recorded a net profit after tax of US$3.69 million (311 million shillings) for the 2010 calendar year.

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Innovative insurance for Kenyan farmers

March 14th, 2011

A Kenyan microfinance organisation has extended its insurance offering to include harvests.

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Urban farming blossoms in Kenya

February 18th, 2011

Up to 90% of African cities depend on farming using wastewater, but a UN report highlights the risks of food contamination in many cases.

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Kenya’s US$110M fruit industry unaffected by drought

January 28th, 2011

Kenya’s drought has not affected avocado, mango and passionfruit volumes, but high temperatures have led to price hikes.

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