Food safety and traceability is an important component that we have been championing, and for that reason, we are one of the key players who is actively involved in creating awareness among our members and building their capacity to implement and comply with the Standard’s requirements.
We train our members and ensure that they are guided through the process of getting certified thus ensuring that we drive the move to have a food-safe nation for our domestic consumers just as much as we ensure that our exports are safe for consumption.
FPC Kenya influences and advocates for a conducive National and international business environment, Policies, and trade agreements on behalf of its members and the horticulture Industry in Kenya. This is done through public and private partnerships at both local and international level.
Equipped with the necessary certifications and licenses, We carry out basic and advanced quality assurance practices locally on behalf of both local and international clients, we organize and plan for transport and other logistics to ensure products safely reach the shelves of retail stores both locally and internationally. The horticultural crops of interests include fruits (avocado, passion, and mangoes) and vegetables (French beans, snow peas, chilies, baby corns, broccoli, and herbs). With expansion of the market in Europe, and in China, our role as export agents can only be better. We are the quality experts.
In Kenya agriculture is fundamental in economic development as it contributes to 35 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and constitutes 40 per cent of the export earnings.
It generates foreign currency through the export process of agricultural products. It creates a source of employment to the population through farming, business and research activities therefore raising the standard of living of individuals. With the above facts in mind, a lot of emphasis is put towards increasing productivity in agribusiness sector to improve productivity per acre of various crops. But increasing on-farm productivity is only one piece of the puzzle. As well as overcoming the challenges limiting yields, market access and linkage must be emphasized ensure farmers have access to the markets that pay a fair price for their produce.
With a rich connection to both local and international markets, and owing to the fact that farmers are not adequately linked to these markets, FPC Kenya plugs that limitation, and offer market Access & Linkage services to smallholder farmers in the horticultural sector. This we do by establishing market requirements and where possible, conduct technical trainings covering specific areas such as food safety, hygiene and sanitation, safe use of pesticides, harvesting and post-harvest handling methods. After the trainings, then farmers are grouped and connected to the markets to ensure future engagements are continuous.
To ensure a fast, efficient and effective route-to-market, we have crafted a well thought out market-entry strategy to enable our international partners enjoy commercial success in venturing into new local market.
Leveraging the local knowledge and connections of Benok Agriculture, we will ensure our partners accomplish their business plan. We shall continue to offer and interrogate clients needs, market validation strategies, route to market review, on-going and on-ground support, and market entry to our partners. Our commercial engagements are in agribusiness value chains of manufacturing, agrochemicals, machinery, irrigation and accessories, Quality Management Systems and we are open to any other commercial engagements for the improvement and delivery of services in the in the industry.
We focus our training on the current compliance requirements by both local and European market and include the following areas most covered when implementing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP);Basic Food Hygiene Principles, Good Agricultural Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, Safe use of pesticides and scouting, Integrated crop management, Corporate social responsibility (CSR),Integrated Pest Management(IPM),Food safety Management Systems(FSMS),Environmental Management Systems(EMS),Product Traceability, Ethical trade compliance. We also provide technical trainings on the international consumer and safety standards such as The ISO family of standards including ISO 9001, SA 8000, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, Fair-trade Labelling Standards, HACCP, Ethical Trading Initiative, British Ornamental Plant Producers (BOPP), Global GAP, British Retail Consortium(BRC), Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), Flower Label Program(FLP), Fair Flowers Fair Plants, Common Code for Coffee Community(4C), Kenya Flower Council (KFC) and Kenya GAP. We also provide training on farm support and farm management. This includes: On -the- farm support, in-farm management & farm planning, production planning, and quality management in flower production for export. Training and capacity building of the farm managers, staff in export quality and certification compliance and Kenya Gap
Food Safety has become an integral part of food security globally. We are very passionate about food safety. We have the experience and expertise to develop and manage food safety management systems throughout the value chain. Using HACCP Principles and risk-based assessment, we deliver sustainable food safety management systems based on internationally recognized standards, e.g. BRC, FSSC 22,000 and ISO 22,000. Our food safety experts have several years of experience developing and managing food safety systems across the value chain from exporter to retailer level.
We are a business membership organization keen on enhancing the business environment and building competitive environment-friendly, and sustainable supply chain for its members.