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Food & Agriculture

The agricultural sector is the backbone of the economy, contributing approximately 33 percent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The agriculture sector employs more than 40 percent of the total population and 70 percent of the rural population

There is an increasingly growing demand for food products in the coming years due to population growth and increased purchasing power. As a result, the market for food and FMCG, food production and processing solutions is growing in Kenya.

Danish companies can offer solutions, which are sustainable and environmentally friendly with minimal pollution, high resource efficiency and a small carbon footprint.

Numerous opportunities are available for Danish companies within Kenya’s food industry value chain, FMCG and farm to fork solutions.

In addition to primary agricultural production, the F&A sector presents opportunities in cold storage, processing/manufacturing, distribution, transport, associated logistics, retailing, preparation, restaurants and promotion.

Importation challenges
Lack of Clarity e.g HS codes 
Corruption and Insecurity
Counterfeit and Substandard Goods in the market
High Cost of Production
Poor Infrastructure
Spending capacity

The Embassy has a Strategic Food Sector Cooperation programme with the Kenyan Government and this provides for exchange of technical expertise. The Trade Council offers support to Danish exporters and is ready to support new entrants/investors into the sector.

In Kenya, the SSC Food focuses on strengthening the central regulatory framework and quality systems, inspired by the Danish approach to food control. The objective of the program is to improve the Kenyan food control system in the entire value chain, involving compliance of food business operators and risk assessment for the benefit of human health and increased export potentials. 

Our local F&A sector specialists can, for example, help Danish companies’ within to:

Access market opportunities.