AgriFi Food Safety Programme


The AgriFI Programme is an Agriculture Financing initiative expected to increase agricultural yields, open sustainable supply chains for farmers, and improve food security in line with Kenya’s Big Four Agenda and the blueprint Vision 2030.

About the Programme

The AgriFI Food Safety Programme is an EU funded Programme whose focus is on Food Safety (Sanitary & Phyto-sanitary Standards), Plant and Animal Health. The programme’s interventions aim at addressing the food safety concerns for both domestic and international market.


AgriFI food safety programme is a delegated cooperation arrangement between EU and the Royal Danish Embassy, where MESPT is the implementing partner. MESPT was then given the programme implementation responsibility due to an already ongoing engagement with DANIDA under Green Growth and Employment Programme as well as Strategic Sector Cooperation initiative on food safety that have similar focus as AgriFI.

Result Areas

AgriFI has four Result Areas where DANIDA/MESPT are implementing Result Areas 2 and 3

RA 2

is aimed at building capacity of actors along selected agricultural Value Chains. Agricultural, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) model will be applied in the capacity building process. This will encompass curriculum development aspect.

RA 3

is aimed at building capacity of selected county governments and private sector on implementation and enforcement of food safety, plant and animal health regulations. This is ultimately intended to have a private sector driven process as well as having some of the regulatory roles being cascaded to the counties.

Capacity Building of Counties & Competent authorities

Partnership with 13 counties that have all formed the County Food Safety Committees (CFSC) which are now operational.
2 Food Safety policies have been developed for Nakuru and Makueni counties.
18 County officials and 8 County Department of Veterinary Services staff have been trained in food safety regulation and enforcement.
51 county government officials and Competent authorities trained on food safety (Feed and Feed Control).
3 Copies of self-assessment Industry standards done
Review of 4 Curricula to be anchored at the ATVETs
Developed SAGs and SOPs to support VCA in Value Chains of Focus
Supported the Development of ATCs Business/Sustainability plans
Supported draft Food Safety Policy for various counties and Supported the ATVET bill to ensure sustainability of the institutions

Key Activities

  • Curriculum review for the selected VCs – this is because the curricula for all selected Value Chains have been developed
  • Development of training and assessment guides
  • Facilitate accreditation of ATVETs
  • Support minor physical infrastructure development of ATVETs
  • Training of Value Chain actors
  • Training of ToTs
  • Training of selected county staff
  • Support certification of farmers – Global GAP, Organic, etc.
  • Establishment of demonstration centres
  • Support the counties to put in place legislative and policy framework to support ATVET and food safety regulations
  • Support the establishment of National Food Quality and Safety System
  • Undertake county specific studies for tailor made support
  • Sensitization of consumers on food safety, animal and plant health
  • Engaging Nyandarua County as a pilot

Key Partners

The key Competent Authorities in agriculture and curriculum development:

  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETA)
  • Ministry of Health (Department of Public Health)
  • Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)
  • Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS)
  • Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)
  • Kenya Dairy Board (KDB)
  • Kenya Fisheries Services (KeFS)
  • Horticulture Crops Directorate (HCD)
  • Pests Control Products Board (PCPB)

NB: the mentioned partners have formed a Joint Committee to oversee the Programme Inception Phase.

EUR 7 million

Implementation Period
6 years – 2018 to 2023

Target Value Chains
Dairy, Aquaculture and Horticulture (Beans, Mango and Avocado)

NB: the implementation of aquaculture component will be outsourced due to limited capacity/experience of MESPT to carry out direct implementation

Counties Involved
Kilifi, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Kisii, Bungoma, Kakamenga, Migori, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Makueni, Machakos, Meru and Embu Counties

Curriculum Review & ATVET Centres Support

  • 4 curricula have been reviewed and certified by TVET CDACC to include food safety and SPS aspects.
  • 5 ATVET bills have been developed for Makueni, Nakuru, Meru, Kisii and Nyandarua counties.
  • 10 ATVET Centers Infrastructure support/investment completed (Kilifi, Makueni, Meru, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Kakamega, Bungoma, Kisii and Migori).
  • Sustainability plans for all selected ATVETs have been developed - 6 of them have been validated and accepted for adoption (Meru, kilifi, kakamega, Nyandarua, Machakos, and Bungoma)