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 Certification Scheme 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 KFC Certification Scheme  and Quality Management Systems is accredited by the South African National Accreditation Systems (SANAS), as a Certification Body (C49), in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065. 

In order to remain relevant, the Certification Scheme which is a living document stays abreast with industry dynamics. Benchmarking the KFC Certification Scheme 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 October 2015, KFC had a producer membership of 94 flower farms situated throughout the country. The current KFC membership represents about 70% 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 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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Kenya-Japan Investment Seminar

August 20, 2015August 20, 2015

Kenya-Japan Investment Seminar

On the 19th August 2015 the Kenya flower Council participated in the Kenya-Japan Investment seminar hosted by the Kenya Investment Authority KenInvest and Vision 2030.

The seminar was attended by a contingent of prominent business organizations from Japan seeking new opportunities in the Kenyan marketplace, their Kenyan counterparts and notable Kenyan government officials. As well as highlight the growing partnership between the two countries, the seminar set out to showcase Kenya as a favorable business destination, encourage foreign direct investment and provide a platform for businesses to interact.

Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Dr. Amina Mohamed reiterated the government’s continued commitment to facilitating private enterprise in the country. Other notable attendees conducted several presentations covering a wide scope of different initiatives pertinent to the country’s business environment.

The possible introduction of direct flights to Japan is of particular interest to the floriculture industry. Direct flights would further open up the Japanese market for roses and other cut flowers and as well reduce transit time and cost. Although a government to government agreement, KFC has and will to continue to lobby the initiative forward in order to expand the industry’s growth and reach.

Prof. Gitau Wainaina of Vision 2030 highlighted the projects efforts to expand the country’s renewable energy capacity. The project seeks to lower the current cost of producing 1kWh of energy by up to USD9 by way of geothermal power production. The introduction of cheaper, more sustainable geothermal power will undoubtedly result in a direct reduction in operational costs for all manufactures. The increased capacity will also provide energy access to the rural parts of the country where majority of member’s farms are located and help mitigate the power deficit and irregular supply.

The event signaled both the interest and intent the Japanese private industry is showing in the Kenyan marketplace and should spell growth not only for floriculture but the vast industries based in the country.

Energy Audit Update

August 18, 2015August 18, 2015

Energy Audit Update

The deadline to complete an energy audit as stipulated by the Energy (Energy Management) Regulation 2012, provisioned by the Energy Act 2006, is the 28th September 2015.

As per Section 6 (1) of the Energy (Energy Management) Regulation 2012, all industrial, commercial and institutional energy users consuming in excess of 180,000 kWh (classified between medium and high energy consumers) annually are required to conduct at least one energy audit every three years. Consumers who use less than 180,000 kWh (classified as low energy consumers) are not required to perform an energy audit. Failure to do so after the deadline and or to deny the commission or its agent’s access to business premises (for the purposes of the energy audit) constitutes an offence as per Section 18 (b).

Thereafter owners or an occupier of designated facilities are liable to a general penalty not exceeding one million shillings and or a prison term not exceeding one year, Section 19. It is important to note that upon completion of the energy audit an annual implementation report will be required as per Section 9 (1). Delay in submitting the annual report attracts a daily penalty not exceeding thirty thousand shillings.

In response KFC vetted and pre-qualified energy audit firms in order to secure the most favorable price together with experience for the interest of the members. The general audit covers the general requirements in the Energy (Energy Management) Regulation 2012. An Investment Grade Audit will cover both the general requirements and include a guideline on energy saving investment projects, budget and possible payback period. Both the GA and IGA report should outline possible energy and financial savings in the energy management plan. By the deadline of 28th September 2015 the following documents are expected by ERC; energy audit report, energy management plan and the energy policy.

To apply for the audit and receive the necessary documents, please contact us at