Kenyan high-ranking DAAD delegation visits ZEF to discuss challenges and changes in Kenya's agriculture

January 23, 2019.  

Fifteen Kenyan high-ranking representatives from Kenya's governmental, non-governmental, private and research sectors visited ZEF to discuss the country's agricultural issues.

ZEF-Director Christian Borgemeister welcomed the visitors from Kenya, whose six-day stay in Germany was organized by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD.

ZEF senior researchers Oliver Kirui, Lisa Biber-Freudenberger and Juliet Wanjiku Kamau attended the meeting as well.

After some introductory presentations about ZEF's involvement in sub-Saharan Africa, the discussion focused on Kenya's agricultural development and challenges to overcome.

Professor Hamadi Iddi Boga from the State Department for Agricultural Research (SDAR) in Kenya high-lighted Kenya's nine "flagships" driving the country's agricultural sector transformation, coordinated by the Agricultural Transformation Office.

The overall flagships issues to be handled with high priority are: Increasing small-scale farmer incomes; Increasing agricultural output and value addition; Boosting household food resilience and; Enhancing "enablers". Kenya will focus on empowering small-holder farmers, and boosting their food resilience. This will be achieved, e.g. by knowledge and skills building programmes, focused on improving technical and management skills, as well as by strengthening research and innovation capacities.

Kenya has around 8.6 million farmers, representing 4.5 million farming households even if only 350,000 formal jobs exist in the sector. Find more core facts about Kenya's agricultureslides here.

ZEF looks forward to further cooperation with Kenya's agricultural institutions.

ZEF is working in Kenya in the context of the following projects:

  • EntoNUTRI: Development and implementation of insect-based products to enhance food and nutritional security in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Future Infections: Linking social-ecological transformation and arthropod-borne infections – part of the SFB 228 Future Rural Africa
  • Improved application strategies for entomopathogenic fungi (EPF) as biological control agents in integrated pest management (IPM)
  • PARI - Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation
  • Right Livelihood College (RLC) - RLC Global Secretariat
  • Strengthening Citrus production systems through the introduction of IPM measure



Christian Borgemeister

Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister