Agri-Tour Kenya in 2014: innovative integrated farm management

UK farmers on Agri-Tour Kenya 2013: David Jones, Andrew Burgess, with Peter Kamuren and Andrew Brown

‘Brothers in LEAF’ UK farmers on Agri-Tour Kenya 2013: David Jones, Andrew Burgess, with Ravine Roses General Manager, Peter Kamuren and Andrew Brown

The hunt is on to select another nine UK farmers for an amazing and mind-expanding agricultural adventure in East Africa. The experience of seeing good agricultural practice and innovative integrated farm management in Agri-Tour Kenya 2013 proved such a success for the farmers on the first tour that we have the go ahead for another one, in March 2014.

“Agri-Tour Kenya 2013 was brilliant. It was full on from the first moment”
Andrew Burgess, Produce World

“Get yourselves on a agri-tour like this one. You learn a lot and think about the way ahead for agriculture in general”
Andrew Brown, TWB Farms

“When I am asked how far Kenyan farming is behind us in the UK. My reply is they are ten years ahead.  It’s inspiring.”
David Jones, Morley Farms

Agri-Tour Kenya 2014: tour good agricultural practice in Kenya

This fascinating study tour of Kenya’s lead farming businesses takes a group of nine UK farmers to see and hear the challenges faced by Kenyan export farming, visiting great enterprises in interesting locations to witness the innovation and excellence in practice.

What you will see

Key themes highly relevant to UK farming will include: how Kenyan businesses are pioneering innovative methods of pest control and crop performance improvers and integrate soil and environmental management into the business culture and use their understanding of the UK market place. Crops will include green beans, baby corn, runner beans, red salad onions, garden peas, tender stem broccoli and other brassicas, spinach, soya bean, wild rocket, coriander and flowers.

Tour Kenya to see innovative integrated farm management

With just an overnight stay in Nairobi after a day flight from UK you will spend five days travelling in the agricultural powerhouse of this productive region in Africa. Visit Thika, Nanyuki and Mount Kenya region, Nakuru, Naivasha before returning along the Rift valley to Nairobi for the flight back to the UK. We will stay in simple but very comfortable and safe accommodation in beautiful places. During our evening meals we reflect on what we have seen and have in depth discussions on the next location.

Meet Kenyan agriculturalists with a lot to share

Respected agronomists, farmers, production managers and entrepreneurs from successful Kenyan companies including KHE Ltd, Ravine Roses, Real IPM and Sunripe will share their farming experience and innovation.

Host for Agri-Tour Kenya 2014, Apollo Owuor, KHE and LEAF farmer

Speaker on Agri-Tour Kenya 2014, Apollo Owuor, KHE and LEAF farmer

Some of the businesses are LEAF Marque accredited and work with the Fairtrade Foundation and Waitrose Foundation. Susie Emmett, who has over a decade’s experience in working with the Kenyan fresh produce sector, will guide the tour.

Making the Most of the trip

Part of the experience will be for the farmers to share impressions and what was learned in Kenya with a UK farming or general audience within three months of the trip.

Successful applicants will pay £1200 towards travel to Kenya and tour costs in country.  This project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part funded (or financed) by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. To be eligible to receive this funding applicants need to conform eligibility criteria set by CCALandskills. Tour members will be responsible for ground travel in the UK, travel insurance, vaccinations and incidental expenses on tour. The remainder of the tour costs are being financed with help from the RDPE Skills Frameworks.

The Kenya 2014 Agriculture Study Tour leaflet contains some additional information.

For further information and to apply for a place in the group contact:
Susie Emmett, Green Shoots, t:077 425 98 425