Every year, the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) hosts the Nairobi International Trade Show in October. All government ministries and corporate businesses exhibit their products and services in the week-long event attended by people from all over the country. Special focus is given to agriculture products. The theme of this years show was “Driving Agri-business in attaining food sufficiency and vision 2030”. Vision 2030 is a recently launched twenty-year development plan for Kenya which outlines among other things, the government’s commitment to improve food security in the country.
This year Africa Rising encouraged the Kilisa Village Development Community to send representatives to the Nairobi show. Two community members made the trip to Nairobi and met up with Mary from Africa Rising to spend the day at the trade show. The day was filled with gathering information, innovative ideas and contacts that will help the village of Kilisa grow towards organized commercial farming. Mary helped record the information they gathered and will also assist with following up on the contacts to help them implement the new knowledge they gained. Some of the exciting areas covered at the show include fruit processing, honey processing and production, improved maize farming, commercial poultry farming, irrigation and green-housing.