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 March 2015, KFC had a producer membership of 82 flower farms situated throughout the country. The current KFC membership represents about 50 – 60% of the flowers exported from Kenya. Associate membership stands at 58 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
  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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The 4th Presidential Roundtable

April 17, 2015April 17, 2015
The 4th Presidential Roundtable

The Kenya flower Council attended the 4th Presidential Roundtable hosted by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta at Statehouse Nairobi. The meeting brought together the Deputy President, H.E. William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries, Development Partners, Senior Government officials and the Private Sector under the auspice of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).

The roundtable had two sessions, with the main session focusing on key issues escalated from the various engagement mechanisms between the Government and the Private Sector. The session highlighted the progress made in implementing resolutions and recommendations of the third Presidential Roundtable held in December 2014, and reiterated the collective resolve to continue working together to create a conducive business environment and make Kenya a competitive destination for investment.

The second session was a luncheon in which members of the press and business leaders were briefed on the highlights of the Presidential Roundtable. The session also highlighted key challenges facing both the Public and Private Sector.

The key focus was the renewed efforts in the fight against corruption with the Government reiterating its commitment to the elimination of corruption while the Private Sector highlighted its own efforts to fight the vice through the adoption of the Business Code of Ethics and acknowledgement of other existing codes of conduct under which various Private companies are covered.

Private Sector Meets MPs on Special Economic Zones Bill

April 17, 2015
Private Sector Meets MPs on Special Economic Zones Bill

The Kenya Flower Council participated in a retreat with the Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Trade, Finance and Planning to review amendments to the Special Economic Zones Bill. The meeting held at the Travellers Beach Hotel in Mombasa was organized by KEPSA, where KFC is an active Member.

The Bill has already gone through the first reading before the National Assembly and it seeks to establish a legal framework for the creation of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and regulation of entities operating in these zones.

The chair of the Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Trade, Finance and Planning, Hon. Benjamin Langat, appreciated the input of the Private Sector on the Bill. He observed that the bill could only achieve its objective by taking into account the interests of the Private sector. KEPSA CEO, Carole Kariuki observed that the SEZ bill will provide an enabling legal framework for Kenya’s industrial expansion and manufacturing strategy. She emphasized the need to draw lessons from other countries that have enacted SEZ legislation to maximize on the potential for SEZ to promote economic growth and development through investment in the zones.

Mr Jean Paul, an IFC expert working on SEZ legislation, pointed out the key strengths and potential areas of improvement of the bill. He urged the Parliamentarians to consider some of the provisions in Ethiopia’s recently enacted SEZ bill to ensure Kenya’s law contained adequate incentives.

His key recommendations included:

• Vesting greater authority on the agency responsible for SEZ to determine all relevant aspects of establishment such as incorporation and registration of SEZ companies

• Reducing bureaucratic procedures in the issuance of work permits and residence permits

• Designation of a one stop shop on SEZ to create certainty on procedures and build investor confidence

• Building certainty on transition of firms operating under EPZs to SEZ

• Strengthening dispute resolution by creating timelines within which disputes must be resolved and a clear appeal process

Participants underscored the need to consider incentives that encourage investment in the SEZ and maximized economic benefit. It was agreed that local firms supplying goods and services to SEZ firms should benefit from the zones as a means of maximizing the impact of special economic zones on the overall economy.

The Parliamentary Departmental Committee undertook to engage the Private Sector further as the bill progressed into the second reading and before it is enacted into law.

KFC to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

April 17, 2015

KFC to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

The Kenya Flower Council will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Friday May 8, 2015 at 10.00 a.m at the Practical Training Centre, Thika to discuss the revival of the Kenya Horticulture Council (KHC).

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.

It is in this light that the Directors from Kenya Flower Council (KFC) and Fresh Produce and Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) have held a number of consultative meetings with an aim of reinvigorating the Kenya Horticulture Council (KHC) launched in 2007 by both FPEAK and KFC as a vehicle to address the above mentioned challenges. It is for this reason that KFC is calling for an Extra Ordinary General Meeting to share the aspirations of KHC, seek the views of members and get their blessings to proceed with the initiative.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2015

April 10, 2015April 10, 2015

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2015

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work will be celebrated globally on 28th April 2015 in commemoration and solidarity with the workers who have died or have been injured in the course of their work. The important event also promotes a preventative culture by creating awareness among workers on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) issues.

This year, Kenya will be joining other countries in marking the day together with holding safety and health promotional activities for the week preceding the day. The 2015 theme of the World Day is “Join in building a Culture of Prevention on OSH”.

A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where the government, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.

The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services through the Directorate of |Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSHS) has urged all Kenyan organizations to join in celebrating the safety week by organizing in-house events and activities related to the theme or on any other relevant OSH topic with OSH Committees taking the lead.

Such activities include sensitizing workers on OSH issues e.g. proper usage of provided personal protective equipment; printing and distributing safety promotional materials to employees; identifying occupational hazards and cases of ill health among workers at the workplace and take corrective action; Conducting fire drills and organizing contests on occupational safety and health.

The directorate has lined up activities at KICC to mark the day as follows:

1. 28th April - A conference and launch of Kenya Journal for Occupational safety and health.

2. 28th April – Awards for excellent performance in Occupational Safety and Health by key players in the industry.

3. 27th and 28th April - Exhibition by various stakeholders in the fields of Occupational Safety and Health at COMESA grounds.

To participate in any of the above contact doshawards@gmail.com, doshdept@yahoo.com or call Florence/ Leonard on 02022667722/0771745084.

Change of KFC e-mail address

April 10, 2015

Reminder: Change of KFC email address

As communicated earlier, the Wananchi Group has terminated their emails services on wananchi.com, wananchi.net and wananchi.co.ke effective March 31, 2015. In this regard, our email address kfc@wananchi.com has ceased to operate.

The Kenya Flower Council official general email addresses are kfc@kenyaflowercouncil.org and info@kenyaflowercouncil.org . We are hereby requesting you to use the email addresses for all general communications.