KFC Profile


KFC PROFILE

Kenya Flower Council (KFC) is a voluntary association of independent growers and exporters of cut-flowers and ornamentals, formed in 1996, with the aim of fostering responsible and safe production of cut flowers in Kenya with due consideration of workers welfare and protection of the environment. 

Against this background the KFC has become a common platform for industry representation, promotion and compliance to pertinent local and international standards, deemed necessary to secure markets.

KFC administers compliance through an internationally accredited KFC Code of Practice (CoP) on good agricultural practice, sustainability, social accountability, hygiene health and safety, capacity building, environmental protection and conservation, adherence to which is the backbone of all KFC activities. 

The Certification Scheme comprising the KFC CoP and Quality Management Systems is accredited by the South African National Accreditation Systems (SANAS), as a Certification Body (C49), in accordance with ISO Guide 65:1999. 

In order to remain relevant, the Code which is a living document stays abreast with industry dynamics. Benchmarking the KFC CoP to other codes such as GlobalGap, Fair Flowers Fair Plants (FFP), Tescos Nurture, KS- 1758 in addition to 23 different Kenya Government statutes, provides an opportunity to conduct “Combi” audits as a measure of effective and efficient service to members.

It also embraces the principles of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention, International Code of Conduct (ICC), Ethical Trade Initiatives (ETI) and the Horticulture Ethical Business Initiatives. 

As of July 2015, KFC had a producer membership of 94 flower farms situated throughout the country. The current KFC membership represents about 50 – 60% of the flowers exported from Kenya. Associate membership stands at 62 members representing major Cut Flower Auctions and Distributors in UK, Holland, Switzerland, Germany and Kenya. Associate members are involved in the flower sector through flower imports, provision of farm inputs and other affiliated services.

KFC is a member of:

  1. GLOBAL G.A.P
  2. Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI)
  3. Union Fleurs
  4. COLEACP
  5. Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC)
  6. Horticulture Council of Africa (HCA)
  7. Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) 
  8. Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM)
  9. Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE)
  10. National Taskforce on Horticulture.

THE VISION
“To be the lead organization in the provision of representational, self-regulation and promotion services for the floriculture industry in Kenya.”

STRATEGY
“Active participation in the formulation and implementation of policies governing sustainable development of the floriculture sector”.

THE MISSION
“To promote economic, social and political interests of the floriculture industry through active participation in the determination and implementation of policies governing sustainable development of the sector”.

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AIPH International Grower of the Year

July 31, 2015
The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has launched a ‘new look’ competition for the 2016 AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards. The Awards which recognize the best of the best nurseries from all over the world, organized with founding partner FloraCulture International, is inviting growers from Kenya to enter. There are three entry award categories to suit different types of grower businesses: • Category 1 – Finished Plants and trees • Category 2 – Young Plants • Category 3 – Cut Flowers and Foliage The Awards will be hosted during IPM Essen in Germany, which will take place at the Messe Essen in January 2016. Growers who would want to participate can get in touch with the Kenya Flower Council on info@kenyaflowercouncil.org  

KFC attends Nyandarua Farmers Field Day

July 31, 2015

The Kenya Flower Council attended a farmers training day in Nyandarua on 24\07\15. The training was organized by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) and facilitated under the European Union funded Standards Market Access Programme (SMAP). Also in attendance was the Nyandarua County Government including the Governor, County Executive Committee Member in charge of agriculture, Horticulture Crop Directorate, Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) and other stakeholders.

There were various exhibitors ranging from pesticides to seed vendors. The Kenya Flower Council presented the Kenya Horticulture Council outfit and explained the merits of the organization to the attendees. The Council also dwelt on the evolving national traceability system and leveraging on KS 1758 as a tool of quality management including good agricultural practices.

The Governor urged small scale farmers to embrace commercial agriculture instead of subsistence agriculture and aim for the export market to reap handsomely from their farming activities. He urged them to follow keenly export requirements put in place by the relevant authorities in order to continuously access the export market.

KEPHIS stand demonstrated how maximum residue levels issues are dealt with as well as sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.