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The agro-processing industry plays a vital role in the Kenyan manufacturing sector as agricultural commodities are transformed into value added consumables that meet both local needs and export requirements. As increased agricultural production is envisaged, there is need to have proportionate improvement in the agro-processing industry.

Over the last decade, agro-processing sector has faced serious challenges in ensuring the safety of their products and their suitability for consumption. In 2016, the Kenya Dairy Board arrested processors supplying milk containing hydrogen peroxide to consumers. While in 2018 an operation netted sugar, cooking oil and rice contaminated with carcinogenic substances and not fit for human consumption. Manufacturers failed to conduct sufficient testing and quality assurance, this led to deadly levels of mercury contamination that was only discovered after the sugar had been processed and sold to consumers. Poisonous levels of aflatoxins have reportedly killed at least 157 people in Kenya and in 2019, the Kenya Bureau of Standards flagged and penalized several maize and peanut processors involved in the production and sale of products with prohibited levels of aflatoxin, causing widespread public concern.

To help address these gaps in food safety, we are partnering with Business Scouts for Development programme commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ)GmbH. The project launched on Friday; December 3rd, 2021 seeks to build the capacity of agro-processors on the elimination of food contaminants through capacity building.

The capacity enhancement measures will include engagement with enforcement agencies on food safety include the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs),Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) and County Government’s Departments of Public Health.

Training and firm level coaching will be undertaken on Food safety (legal and regulatory provisions); Sustainable packaging methods; Quality control mechanisms; Hygiene and premises maintenance;Storage technologies and reverse logistics; Digital tools to enhance transparency & traceability; Energy, water and waste management (EPR); International food safety management system such as HACCP; Finance models and fund raising.

For more information, please Contact:

Moses Kiambuthi, Policy Research & Advocacy Manager – Agricultural Industry Network.

Tel: 0775771224; email info@ain.co.ke, moses.kiambuthi@gmail.com

AFood safety (legal and regulatory provisions)

Call for Application

Are you an agro-processor having an eligible firm and would like to benefit from this initiative?. Please click the button below, fill in the google form and submit we will get back to you.