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 May 2015, KFC had a producer membership of 84 flower farms situated throughout the country. The current KFC membership represents about 50 – 60% of the flowers exported from Kenya. Associate membership stands at 56 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 Gap
  2. Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI)
  3. Union Fleurs
  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.

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

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

“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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Central Kenya Agri-Business Africa Trade Fair

May 26, 2015May 26, 2015
Central Kenya Agri-Business Africa Trade Fair

The Central Kenya Agri-Business Africa Trade Fair is scheduled to take place on August 7-8, 2015. The farmers’ Expo will focus on the Central region of Kenya and the greater Nairobi metropolis.

Agriculture is the back bone of Central Kenya’s economy. The region is blessed with good weather, reliable rainfall and good soils that support the growth of a number of cereals, pulses, coffee and fruits and vegetables. Central Kenya region is the leading producer of fruits, vegetables and flowers for local consumption and export.

The Trade Fair is aimed at improving agricultural productivity, improve quality and expand markets of produce from the Central Kenya region and its environs.

It covers the production and post-harvest for horticulture, dairy, poultry and other livestock, coffee, tea and cereals

Organized in partnership with the Horticulture Research Institute Thika, the event targets the following counties: Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Meru, Embu, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Laikipia and Machakos.

This will provide an opportunity to the players in the agriculture value chain to reach out to farmers by exhibiting. The exhibitors will include suppliers of equipment, packaging, agrochemicals , services to the agriculture industry; food processors; exporters and packers; Government agencies, NGOs and foreign missions involved in the agriculture value chain.

Apart from the partnership with the HRI, the organizers are also in talks with a number of county and national Government agencies, trade associations and farmers groups that will ensure that attendees get an all-round view of the solutions that are available for them in the country.

For more info on the event visit: www.agribusinessafrica.net

KFC to hold a “Kenya Floriculture Industry-Enhancing Market Access Sustainably” seminar

May 26, 2015
KFC to hold a “Kenya Floriculture Industry-Enhancing Market Access Sustainably” seminar

The Kenya Flower Council will hold a seminar on “Kenya Floriculture Industry-Enhancing Market Access Sustainably” on June 4, 2015 during the International Flower Trade Expo (IFTEX at the Visa Oshwal Centre Auditorium from 11 a.m. The participants will share the knowledge and experience on market access, emerging markets, the national traceability system, the national mechanism for compliance and the Economic Partnership Agreement between the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union (EU).

The floriculture industry is an important sector of the Kenyan economy. In 2014 it contributed 1.52% to the national GDP raking in over KES 54.6 billion in foreign exchange from a volume of about 136,000 tons exported. The sector employs over 90,000 people directly and over 500,000 indirectly. The sector’s workforce comprises 60% women, supporting over 2.5 million livelihoods

Welcome to IFTEX 2015

May 26, 2015
Welcome to IFTEX 2015

Few days remaining to the awaited International Flower trade Expo (IFTEX). It’s indeed an honour to welcome all the exhibitors and visitors from Kenya and across the globe to yet another edition which has indeed placed Kenya in the global map as one of the top flower exporting country continuing to serve the industry in all seasons.

The Kenya Horticulture industry is one of the top foreign exchange earners for the country generating Kshs 100.8 billion during the year 2014. The floriculture sector a key component of horticulture exported 136, 601 metric tons valued at Kshs 54.6 billion in the same year.

The Kenya Flower Council (KFC) endevours to proactively pursue an improved business environment for exporters with relevant actors. KFC collaborates with private sector apex business management organizations, the Government and other stakeholders. KFC and FPEAK have revived the Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC) to create a single lobby body that understands export horticulture and can knowledgeably interact with Government.

This year the Kenya Flower Council will be elegantly representing the industry at the IFTEX 2015 stand C1.14. We invite all to visit us and have a glance of the flower sector as whole.

As the saying goes, when you're doing exactly what you want to do, it's not tiring. You've been planting and finally, you have a full garden in bloom; you're like, 'Oh, I just want to smell the flowers and play among the flowers all day.' That's what we are doing. We are playing among the flowers. As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.

Foreign Investment survey 2015 launched

May 16, 2015May 16, 2015
Foreign Investment survey 2015 launched

The Kenya Flower Council attended the launched of the foreign Investment survey 2015 on May 12, 2015 hosted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in collaboration with the central Bank of Kenya and Kenya investment authority at a Nairobi hotel. The enterprise based survey will be undertaken from May to June 2015. It seeks to collect data on foreign capital necessary for the compilation of macroeconomics statistics.

This is the third survey after similar surveys in 2010 and 2013. The data collected will be used to improve on the quality of balance of Payments (BOP) and International Investment Position (IIP) statistics. In addition, data collected will be used for investment promotion and for economic and monetary policy formulation.

The foreign investment surveys will be conducted on an annual basis and going forward on quarterly basis. The findings of this survey will be released in September 2015. The results will be made available on KNBS website.

Launch of the EU Joint Development Cooperation Strategy in Kenya

May 16, 2015

Launch of the EU Joint Development Cooperation Strategy in Kenya

The Kenya Flower Council attended the Europe Day where the EU Joint Development Cooperation Strategy in Kenya was also launched. Through the joint programme by the government and 10-member states, the European Union will advance Kenya ksh 321 billion over the next five years.

According to the Chargée d'Affaires a.i. of the Delegation of the European Union Mrs. Marjaana Sall the strategy will help create better co-ordination, planning and coherence to enable the government meet its development goals as spelt out in the Vision 2030.

National Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge said most of the money would be in form of grants hence will not add to Kenya’s debt portfolio.

Sectors that will benefit from the funding include agriculture, rural development and arid and semi-arid lands, energy and transport, democratic governance, water and sanitation and justice, and the rule of law. In agriculture, rural development and Asals, the EU wants to invest in food security and resilience to climatic shocks.

KFC and FPEAK Members endorse the revival of KHC

May 16, 2015
KFC and FPEAK Members endorse the revival of KHC

The Kenya Flower Council Members endorsed the revival of the Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC). This was done during an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held on Friday May 8, 2015 at the Practical Training Centre, Thika. FPEAK also held a similar meeting to discuss the same where they also gave a go ahead.

The reinvigoration of the Kenya Horticulture Council (KHC) which was launched in 2007 by both FPEAK and KFC will be a vehicle to address the challenges facing the horticulture industry.

The export horticulture industry is faced with major challenges in sustaining market shares secured over the last 10 to 15 years propelled in part by luck of a unified industry voice; dynamic and stringent market access requirement; lack of a comprehensive national traceability system to entrench compliance involving both public and private sector stakeholders throughout the value chain.

These challenges have led to Kenya’s horticulture produce being uncompetitive at the traditional market, especially beans, peas and peas in pods, mainly grown by small scale growers, where a significant market share has been lost.

Most unfortunately, this state of affairs has led to substantial erosion of confidence in Kenya, as a source of high quality fresh produce. As a result horticultural produce from Kenya is under increased scrutiny, at a time when integrated pest management systems have been established successfully, significantly reducing use of chemicals. Diversification to new, high value products in the field of summer flowers is being stifled. There is therefore a need to adopt a national strategy to holistically address the challenges.