HORTICULTURE IN KENYA: MILESTONES

J. Kibe
Agriculture in Kenya contributes to 24% of GDP. Horticulture contributes to a significant percentage to the agriculture GDP. Horticulture in Kenya has undergone transformation over the last 46 years. It is currently the leading foreign exchange earner and contributes significantly to the Kenyan economy. Total export earnings in 2008 stood at Ksh 73.7 billion while tea, horticulture and tourism represented the three main pillars of exports (Fig. 1). However, in Kenya, only 4% of all horticulture produce in volume is exported while 96% is consumed locally. Over 90% of all these produce consumed locally is produced by small scale farmers. Similarly, over 90% of all produce exported from Kenya is produced by large scale farmers and multinational companies. Recently, more opportunities have been created for small scale farmers to access international markets. Efforts have mainly focused on quality production of fruits and vegetables.
Kibe, J. (2011). HORTICULTURE IN KENYA: MILESTONES. Acta Hortic. 911, 261-262
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.911.28
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.911.28
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