A DANISH FOOD BUSINESS DELEGATION TO KENYA 2021

Danish food delegation June 15th – 19th 2021

Join a bi-sector business delegation to Kenya in June 2021 that will showcase the strong synergy between Danish food importers and local Kenyaan food producers to Kenya decision-makers and business partners. Kenya is a major producer of high quality coffee and ingredients. 

Explore the import and sourcing potential – discover business opportunities within the food sector,  June 15th – 19 th, 2021.

Danish Chamber of Commerce, and AFRICA INNOVATION NETWORK®, invite Nordic companies to join our food business delegation to Kenya in May 2021. The purpose of the business delegation is to identify and meet relevant local producers and suppliers of coffe and ingredients, 

Programme highlights

 

  • Informal breakfast meeting with the Danish Ambassador to Kenya
  • Match-making events with pre-identified Kenyan producers and distributors
  • Separate B2B-meetings with Kenyan coffee producers for individual members of the delegation
  • Networking dinner at the hotel with the Danish and Kenyan business partners

Agriculture in Kenya and key sectors

Kenya is the largest exporter of horticulture with East Africa and the third largest Tea exporter globally.

Kenya has one of the highest agricultural productivity levels in the EAC region. 70% of the country’s exports have an agricultural focus and the sector employs 85% of the rural workforce. The sector has continued to grow at almost 5% annually and has huge potential for further growth.

Kenya invites investors to explore business opportunities across the Agri-business value chain from primary production to value addition and processing of food produce. Agri-business already attract 20% of total FDI to the region which show its huge investment potential.

The coffee Industry in Kenya

There are many types of coffees in the world and the main species are Arabica and Robusta.  

Arabica is a high quality, mild coffee much favoured for blending. Kenyan Arabica is grown on rich volcanic soils found in the highlands between 1400 to 2000 meters above sea level.  It is an established fact the finest Arabic coffee in the world is grown in Kenya.

The climate is never hotter than an European summer and never cooler than the best kind of European spring with a temperature range of not more than 19C (35F).  Rainfall is well distributed throughout the year where coffee is grown with an annual precipitation not less that 1000 mm (35”) and deep well-drained red loam soils.  These conditions make most of the districts in Kenya where coffee is grown unique in the world.  There are broad, gently rounded ridges, sloping not too steeply into valleys which run swift perennial streams. The red volcanic soil is of great depth and fertility on the slopes ensuring good drainage.

Coffee production goes through a systematic protocol from seed to cup from nursery, farm, pulping, milling and grading.  Attention to detail guarantees that the consumer only gets the best of our Kenya Coffee.[1]

Kenya coffee has been grown for over a century now, since 1893 when it was first introduced in Kenya.  The total area under coffee is estimated at 160,000 hectares, about one third of which is the plantation sector and the rests under small holder sector with an estimated 700,000 growers.

 

Focus on quality production, competitive advantages and business opportunities:

The Coffee Research Foundation is the premier research institution and one of the best in the world.  It is financed by the growers and undertakes specialized research in all matters pertaining to the production, processing and marketing of coffee.

The Kenya Coffee College, housed within the precincts of the Coffee Research Foundation, offers both local and international, training on all aspects of coffee.  The highly qualified staff work tirelessly to ensure that information on the best and most modern farming technologies are disseminated to the stakeholders in real time.

The Directorate as the regulatory authority puts coffee quality at the centre of its mandate.  Every coffee miller and marketing Agent is by law required to forward a coffee sample for every lot handled for quality analysis and arbitration in case of dispute.

The Kenyan coffee sector consists of various stakeholders. In the Kenyan coffee sector, there are 700.000 coffee farmers in an ecosystem and connected with other coffee processing bodies, including wet mills, through cooperatives. Wet mills provide services in cherry sorting, pulping, fermentation, drying and storage. Wet mills are also the institutions that are responsible for outbound logistics of coffee and move the coffee to other mills for further processing, make business deals with marketing agents and other service providers on behalf of small coffee farmers. From production till export of the coffee, farmers are thus connected to various institutions and actors in processing and services like research, provision of information, training of farmers etc.

Day 1:
Wednesday, June 15th

 

  • 8.30 – 9.30: Joint breakfast 
  • 10.00 – 12.00: Roundtable discussion with the Danish Ambassador in Kenya + Q&A
  • 12.00 – 13.00: Networking lunch 
  • 13.00 – 14.30: Transport to site visits
  • 14.30 – 16.00:
    • Track 1: Visit to Coffee farmers
    • Track 2: Visit to Nairobi Coffee Exchange
  • 16.00 – 17.00: Group photo at cultural site .  
  • 17.00 – 18.00: Transport to hotel
  • 18.00 – 20.00: Rest time at hotel 
  • 20.00 – 22.30: VIP Dinner hosted by the Danish Embassy   

    Day 2:
    Thursday, June 16th

     8.30 – 9.30: Joint breakfast 

    • 10.00 – 15.00: B2B meetings with local companies, distributors and producers
      • 15.00 – 18.00: Individual B2B meetings
      • 18.00 – 20.00: Rest time at hotel 
      • 20.00 – 22.30: Joint Dinner 

        Day 3:
        Friday, June 17th

        • 8.30 – 9.30: Joint breakfast 
        • 10.00 – 15.00: Individual B2B meetings

        Participating experts and excellencies

        Senior Advisor
        Michael Bremerskov Jensen
        mje@danskerhverv.dk

        CEO, Flemming Sørensen
        fls@africainnovationnetwork.com