Chameleon Breeding Agribusiness

Yes you read it right, chameleon breeding is becoming a lucrative investment as being showcased by Kirinyaga self-help group, who are breeding chameleons as a way to diversify their portfolio from the usual food crops and animal husbandry. They sell an average of 2000 chameleons a year in the three years they have been doing this and now they plan to go global. Continue reading

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My A.S.K International Trade Fair

This year’s theme at the A.S.K (Agricultural Society of Kenya) International trade fair was ‘Driving Agribusiness in Attaining Food Sufficiency and Vision 2030’ and boy did they drive the point. Originally an agricultural show, the trade fair largely consisted of exhibits from stakeholders in agriculture who have a huge impact to the community as a whole. Continue reading

Agribusiness; Top 100 Mid-sized Firm

For the first time an agribusiness company has clinched the number one spot in this year’s top 100 mid-sized companies survey. Jungle Macs, a nut processing firm, managed to lead the pack in a survey done by synnovate Kenya, KPMG and the business daily,that surveys businesses that turnover KES 70 million – KES 1 billion (USD 700 000 – USD  10 000 000). Continue reading

Bamboo, Climate Change and Agribusiness

It is now official, everyone who owns a piece of land in Kenya is required by law to have at least 10% under forest cover in a bid to save the country’s water towers. Currently, the forest cover occupies 1.2% of Kenya’s land below the UN threshold of 10%. Farmers need to be innovative to meet this benchmark fast and at the same time we can profit from this initiative. Continue reading

The Agriculture Investment Case

Agriculture in Kenya is not usually thought of as an investment but as an occupation of the rural folk mostly the old. Many youths from rural and urban backgrounds shun this way of life and opt to flock the city to look for white collar jobs which are not there. Furthermore, our universities and places of higher education do not promote agriculture, instead they prepare students to be job seeker and not job creators. Continue reading