Kenyan-Dutch flower supply chain prepares for overhaul

A Dutch government-funded study of the Kenyan-Dutch cut flower supply chain exposed a host of minor and major bottlenecks and inefficiencies – and kick-started sector-wide involvement in setting new industry standards for quality, cost efficiency and sustainability.

Businesses operating in the Kenyan-Dutch cut flower supply chain will continue meeting with government agencies and trade promotion specialists from the two countries in the next few months to tackle a host of minor and major inefficiencies and bottlenecks hindering further growth. These so-called Platform Discussions, initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, are the result of a recent in-depth study of this supply chain. The aim of both the study and the meetings is to lift the Kenyan-Dutch cut flower supply chain to a higher level, setting new standards for the entire horticultural sector. The result, if the plan succeeds, will be reduced supply chain costs, a longer vase life for flowers and therefore increased value-for-money for consumers, and increased sustainability in terms of a lighter carbon footprint and reduced product and packaging wastage.

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First shipping container full of roses proves promising

The first shipping container holding roses from Mombasa, Kenya arrived in the Netherlands in good order. The first pilot scheme for the GreenCHAINge project demonstrated the feasibility of reducing CO2 emissions by 87%. Following an extended period of preparation including varietal selection, choice of packaging, and mapping out the supply chain, the first pilot scheme for the GreenCHAINge project has proven successful. Continue reading

Platform Meeting “Kenyan-Dutch Horticultural Supply Chain”

Recently, on Thursday 23 May 2013, a second meeting of key stakeholders in the Kenyan-Dutch Horticultural Supply Chain was held in Schiphol, the Netherlands.

Last year, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs commissioned a study to obtain detailed insight into the performance of the Kenyan-Dutch horticultural supply chain. As part of a larger project, the study specifically aimed at identifying opportunities for further improvement in the efficiency of the supply chain.

The results of this study have been presented in 2012 to key stakeholders in the supply chain at meetings in Kenya and the Netherlands to share interim results and to obtain feedback in order to develop ideas for pilot projects. Subsequently, there have been exploratory talks with relevant parties who may play a leading role in the implementation of the recommended follow-up projects. Continue reading

CBI Tradewatch, broadcasting your trade statistics

CBI Tradewatch is one of a range of tools developed and constantly updated by CBI Market Intelligence. This particular MI Product offers you a visual analysis of the most important trade developments and forecasts for your sector – both current and expected ­– on the EU and EFTA markets. You can use this market intelligence to keep in step with the latest developments on the EU and EFTA markets and to anticipate future developments. Significantly, the trends and forecasts discussed in CBI Tradewatch have been identified from the specific perspective of small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and BSOs in developing countries, like yours. This means CBI Tradewatch goes far beyond generic market outlines, pinpointing specific developments relevant to your export ambitions. Watch the Cut Flowers Tradewatch here.

Launch of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative at IPM in Essen

Yesterday, the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) launched its official program at the IPM Fair in Essen, Germany. The 25 international partners of the initiative are committed to have 90% of their internationally traded production sustainable by 2020. This is a sector-wide initiative, targeting the entire supply chain.
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Kenya Flower Industry Global Competiveness Report

ProVerde’s 2012 report “Kenya Flower Industry Global Competiveness Report” was the result of a study to identify measures to improve government-industry relations, support innovative entrepreneurship and promote exports to strengthen the competitiveness of Kenya’s floricultural sector. By reviewing other leading and upcoming producer countries, this study offers opportunities to learn from their experiences.

With assistance from the Centre for the Development of Enterprises (CDE) and the World Bank Foundation, the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) developed a project to conduct a series of studies and activities to determine the global competitiveness of the Eastern African flower industry. Specifically the World Bank funded a series of regional video conferences between May and December 2011.
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Marketing support to Palestinian Cash Crops Project

In the past months, ProVerde provided marketing assistance to the Palestinian Cash Crops Project. The current Gaza cash crop export sector was evaluated, including shipping, exporting, sales and marketing channels.

Against the background of rapidly changing market conditions and a challenging political situation, plans were drawn for the future path of the cash crop sector and the role of PARC and the cooperatives in its development. Continue reading

EU’s first Economic Partnership Agreement with an African region goes live

The interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) concluded by the EU and four Eastern and Southern African states (Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) took effect on May 14, providing duty and quota free access to the EU market for these countries as well as opening their markets to European exports over the course of the next 15 years.

Furthermore, the Agreement covers provisions on rules of origin, development cooperation, fisheries, trade defence and dispute settlement. This EPA is a substantial improvement for Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles and Zimbabwe on the unilateral trade agreements they enjoyed so far because it encourages regional integration and strengthens a partnership approach with the EU, which in turn brings economic and political benefits that individual countries cannot achieve alone.
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