June 2010 Issue 2

KFC Certification Committee Meet

The Kenya Flower Council certification Committee met on Wednesday 9th June 2010 to go through the audit reports of the farms which were audited during the 2nd quarter of auditing.

Observations made during the certification process indicated a thorough checking of all the audit reports, checklists, follow ups reports, opening & Closing Meetings forms, audit evaluation forms, the corrective actions report forms, comments report forms and the closing remarks made at each and every report.  Through this process the certification committee concluded the process by certifying 10 out of 18 farms which were audited within the quarter.

KFC congratulates the management of Bilashaka Flowers Ltd for their efficiency and professionalism in running their farm, which has enabled them to be awarded the Silver Standard Certificate for the first time.
KFC similarly applauds   member farms that qualified for re-certification and encourages them to continue with good agricultural practices and continual compliance of the KFC code of practice so as to ensure quality flower products which meets the requirements and the demands of the markets.

KFC Code of Practice continues to be a useful quality assurance tool to portray Kenya as a destination for responsibly grown flowers in terms of social accountability and environmental stewardship.

Kenya Honoured for Exhibiting nicest Roses at Ghent Belgium
Kenya was honoured with a Gold Certificate for exhibiting the nicest collection of Roses following a successful completion of the International Flower Exhibition held between 15th and 25th April 2010 at Ghent Belgium.

This 34th edition was the continuation of a 200-year-old tradition of prestigious flower and plant exhibitions that continue to attract large numbers of visitors.
Kenya Flower Council thanks all the participants who made this show a success and for making Kenyan Flowers shine.

Naivasha Horticultural Fair 2010
The Naivasha Horticultural Fair 2010 will be held on Friday 10th & Saturday 11th September 2010 at the Naivasha Sports Club.  The Horticultural Fair started in 2002 to bring together exhibitors and visitors in a spacious and pleasant environment at affordable prices.  Naivasha is not only striking and central but it is home to one of the largest horticultural communities in East Africa.
The event will be sponsored by Kenya Commercial Bank. All the money collected goes to local and national charities with a focus on, but not limited to, caring for woman and children.  Children homes, community clinics, HIV/AIDS projects, schools and hospitals all benefit, as well as small desperate case by case donations that make an enormous difference to people’s lives.

EU Press Release

Trade Commissioner meets East African Community Trade Ministers in Tanzania
On 9 June 2010, European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht met Trade Ministers from the East African Community (EAC) in Dar es Salaam to discuss the way ahead in Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations.
The Ministerial meeting was preceded by a Senior Official negotiation round. The Commission and EAC representatives from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda appreciated the progress made, especially with regard to Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, Technical Barriers to Trade, and Customs and Trade Facilitation.
Both parties are to accelerate and intensify negotiations with a view to conclude a full and comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for mid-November 2010. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht made it clear that he would do his upmost to maintain applied tariffs provided that both parties conduct negotiations in good faith. The parties also addressed the “Development Matrix” to be attached to the Agreement.
Climate change and carbon footprint information
Climate Change, Agriculture and Trade: A Full Policy Agenda
“Climate change as well as policies and measures chosen to address climate change will have serious implications for agriculture and trade,” states IPC Chairperson Carlo Trojan, “and these must be carefully considered as policymakers and other stakeholders grapple with the policy agenda.” The three latest papers to be released under the ICTSD-IPC Platform on Climate Change, Agriculture and Trade, address a number of serious policy challenges.

Climate change challenges for agriculture make technology transfer issues even more pressing.
“Climate change is yet another wake up call for the global community to address longstanding constraints to more effective technology innovation, transfer and adoption required for global food security,” explains IPC Chief Executive Charlotte Hebebrand. New crop traits and varieties will play an important role in facilitating adaptation, as will water management and production practices, post-harvest technologies, and improved services in information, forecasting and insurance. The Platform paper “Agricultural Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Developing Countries: Policy Options for Innovation and Technology Diffusion” by Travis Lybbert and Dan Sumner emphasizes the need for sound policies and institutions to address impediments to the development, diffusion and use of relevant technologies that can surface at several levels – from the inception and innovation stages to the transfer of technologies and access to agricultural innovations by vulnerable smallholders in developing countries.

Despite lingering controversies, agricultural biotechnology is identified as an especially promising set of tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation: increased yields reduce pressure on forests and no till allows greater carbon sequestration in agricultural soils, and traits such as drought tolerance promise to play a particularly important role. The process of transferring agricultural innovations across agro-ecological and climatic zones is often subject to agronomic constraints, and substantial investment and effort are required to develop varieties for local production. Agricultural biotechnology has relaxed these agronomic constraints but creates some new intellectual property constraints and requires that countries have sound biosafety and stewardship frameworks in place. Where IP seems to pose a problem, recent institutional and legal innovations provide a point of departure for effective remedies.
Carbon standards and developing country producers

“Issues surrounding the measurement of carbon embedded in internationally traded food and agricultural goods are rapidly emerging on the policy agenda,  and have important implications for developing country producers,” warns ICTSD Chief Executive Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz.  Whereas earlier experiments have now been largely discredited, particularly those which singled out air-freighting of fresh fruits and flowers as a “carbon hotspot”, newer initiatives involve more sophisticated life cycle analyses to determine a product’s carbon footprint. There is no consensus on how to conduct such an analysis and it is difficult to define the boundaries of where a life cycle analysis should begin and end. Despite this complexity, labels must nonetheless be simple and easy to understand if they are to be viable. Verification and monitoring add an additional layer of complexity and costs – especially for smaller producers.

The Platform Paper “Carbon Concerns: How Standards And Labelling Initiatives Must Not Limit Agricultural Trade From Developing Countries” by James Macgregor posits that carbon-labelling schemes could provide developing countries with new market opportunities and niches based on carbon efficiency, but they also run the risk of restricting market access.  The paper emphasizes the need for technical assistance and support to developing country players, particularly smallholders, to help them participate in such schemes and also argues that transparency is needed to allay fears that the schemes are not just another developed country form of “green protectionism.”
National and international repercussions
While agriculture receives considerably less attention than China’s energy and manufacturing sectors, the Platform Paper “Climate Change and China’s Agricultural Sector: An Overview of Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation” by Jinxia Wang, Jikun Huang and Scott Rozelle clarifies that it is not an insignificant source of emissions. Agriculture accounts for more than 15 percent of China’s total greenhouse gas emissions, nearly 90 percent of nitrous oxide emissions, and 60 percent of methane emissions. Excessive fertilizer use is not only fueling a major portion of the nitrous oxide emissions but also contributes to water pollution.   “Yet there are important climate change mitigation opportunities in agriculture,” adds author and IPC member Jikun Huang, Director of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, “for example through carbon sequestration and the adoption of production methods that reduce emissions.”
The paper also indicates that the potential impact of climate change on agricultural production and prices in China could have significant implications for not only the domestic market, but also for international markets, due to the sheer size of China’s domestic demand for agricultural products.

International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF) – 3rd – 5th November, 2010

International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF) 2010 will take place on 3rd to 5th November 2010 in Haarlemmermeer, Vijfuizen, Netherlands a venue which was originally designed for the 2002 Floriade Exhibition.
Floriade Exhibition venue is a state-of-the-art greenhouse which is only 15 minutes/10 km away from Aalsmeer flowers Auction site. The show is completely dedicated to promote fresh flowers shops owners and florists in Netherlands for international floriculture standards.
To boost up the industry of Flowers in Netherlands it has been announced by International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF) to launch a new trade fair for flowers in Netherlands.
This Event will definitely bloom all the visitors, participants, flowers shops owners, florists in Netherlands.

AGRITECH South Africa 2010
This could be interesting for our associate members. AGRITECH South Africa 2010 will be held from 10th to 12th August 2010 at RAS, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  This is an International Exhibition and Conference on Agriculture, Farm Equipments, Dairy, Food, Poultry & Livestock Technology.
The event will benefit Manufacturer, importer, exporter, service provider or distributor of:
•    Agribusiness technologies & Equipment
•    Farm management
•    Fertilizers & Agrochemicals
•    Packaging technology
•    Machineries & Tools
•    Preservation Machinery
•    Packaging
•    Pest Control & Biotechnologies
•    Soil Conditioning Solutions
•    Farm systems
•    Fruits & Vegetables

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