Third Forum on Employment Creation in Horticulture Sector in Kenya and the Role of Utafiti Sera (Research-Policy Community)

The third Utafiti Sera forum on wage employment creation in agriculture and agro-processing held on 19th January, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The forum, organised by The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) and the Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE), focused on the horticulture sector in Kenya and was informed by findings from the study on employment creation potentials and the challenges of the horticulture sector in Kenya. The forum brought together 42 stakeholders from Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA), Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD), Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, Flower Council of Kenya, FPEAK, KENAFF, the academia, the private sector and the media.

The aim was to present and discuss findings and implications of a study on employment creation in the sugar sector by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS – University of Nairobi). The study revealed that employment policies over the years have been anchored on the agricultural sector but the potentials of the sector to promote wage employment have not been fully realized because of a number of blockages including; political interference, low application of technology at the lower end of the value chain, weak institutional framework for supporting the industry, unhealthy competition arising from commodity imports, and the existence of cartels that are able to influence policies in the sector for their private interest.

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