Charles. K Muigai

CEO @ Enterprise Institute Ltd

Nairobi, Kenya

About Me

Mr. Charles Muigai is the Managing Consultant at Enterprise Institute Ltd an agribusiness and development solutions provider/firm registered in Kenya. Charles brings over 15 years’ experience in private sector, enterprise and agribusiness/agro-business development space. He has vast experience in market analysis, trade facilitation, value chain advisory and best agricultural practices locally and internationally.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 January 2018 at 10:17

Targeted Strategies can Transform Agriculture in Kenya

Agriculture anchors Kenya’s economy, directly accounting for about one third of gross domestic product. There’s a high correlation between Kenya’s economic growth rate and growth rate of agriculture sector. According to 2015 Economic Survey, Agriculture recorded 27.3% of the country’s GDP in 2014. This report is an indication that Agriculture in Kenya continues to hold the economic mantle ahead of other sectors.

Accelerating the country’s agriculture sector into a robust one is therefore a fundamental development target. To help achieve this, a slew of policy measures to increase crop production, enhance farmer incomes, keep input costs low and market development is critical as the country embarks on transforming agriculture. How the country increases production and enhances farm incomes on a sustainable basis is a fundamental question. To address this question, therefore, there are several components to keep in check: o

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Shadrack Agaki I very much like this article. The ideas and knowledge herein is immense, what we only need to do is to break it down, then creatively and innovatively communicate to stakeholders especially to the basic unit of production - small scale farmers .

1 year 1 week ago

Collins Ngeera Great article.

1 year 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 29 December 2017 at 07:44

Private Sector Key in Kenya's Agricultural Transformation Agenda

Private sector can building and drive a strong agricultural ecosystem in Kenya that will boost inclusive growth and transform Kenya’s agricultural sector. The agricultural sector has high potential for employment generation, food, feed and nutrition security and poverty reduction. Unfortunately, these potentials have remained sub-optimal notwithstanding the numerous programmes/policies of the past governments. To meet the food needs of the expected 65million Kenyans by 2025, absorb millions of young people into workforce over the next decade, agriculture remains the most powerful catalysts to realize these aspirations.

Typically, investments in agriculture on the production side require high up front investments and long gestation periods. Recently I attended the first private sector consultative meeting to discuss Kenya’s agricultural transformation agenda convened by the ministry of Agriculture. Coming from the discuss

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 December 2017 at 10:38

Competitiveness requires Inclusive and Sustainable Business Ecosystem.

During the 54th Jamhuri day celebrations President Kenyatta unveiled his government’s ‘big four’ agenda, which will support among other priorities local manufacturing.

The president singled out agro-processing and value addition for our agricultural produce. “Kenyans need to know that at present 70% of the value of our export produce goes to processors abroad” said the president. He continued to say that small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) play a crucial role in our economy. He also acknowledged that, the bulk of employment comes from SMEs, which are an important contributor to our gross domestic product (GDP). He underscored with a rider that “my plan is to create an additional 1,000 SMEs focused on manufacturing”. With the president acknowledging that ‘big four requires brave steps’ policy makers and entrepreneurs should start discussions on strategies for strengthening the competitiven

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Collins Ngeera Well said Sir, agriculture transformation will be key.

1 year 1 month ago

Tjeerd Rijpma Very interesting and promising policy. As Agriterra, a Dutch not for profit agricultural advisory organisation based in Nairobi, we are able to help organised small holder farmers and governments with this development.  If interested do not hesitate to contact us.

1 year 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 7 December 2017 at 10:24

Agro Industries as Catalysts to Inclusive Growth and Shared Value Ecosystems in Kenya

Agriculture and food sector underpins global food and nutrition security, provides livelihoods for many of the poorest and is key to creating prosperity in rural areas. Globally, one billion people are dependent on farming, yet for many agriculture does not offer a prospect for decent, stable livelihoods. So how can it become a sector of choice, rather than default? 


To address this concern it is important for companies in agribusiness sector to come up with inclusive business models that deliver more value at less cost for more citizens. As an agribusiness consultant I have traversed Kenya and have witnessed how private sector companies are striving to support Kenya’s quest for “inclusive growth.” Inclusive growth has become the economic development mantra globally recently. For starters, to achieve an inclusive business ecosystem is not easy. The big question then is how business models and

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing your story  Charles! Inclusive business models are very important indeed. Maybe my colleague Dorina Prech can share your story on our Kenyan social media channels as well to gain attention. We also had a meeting here in The Netherlands about inclusive agribusiness programs of some of our Dutch members, you can read more here: https://agriprofocus.com/post/5a16f61426b72a09161f1977 

1 year 1 month ago

Charles. K Muigai Many thanks Anne the business inclusiveness dialogue must be given more traction and should become a key benchmark in development programming. I would be glad to be part of your community of practice.

1 year 1 month ago

Charles. K Muigai Many thanks Anne the business inclusiveness dialogue must be given more traction and should become a key benchmark in development programming. I would be glad to be part of your community of practice.

1 year 1 month ago

Shadrack Agaki Charles i am impressed with your thoughts, maybe we need to also get policy makers to buy into this idea in order to accelerate implementation.

1 year 1 month ago

Charles. K Muigai Thanks Shadrack sure we need to make inclusiveness a good practice in business.

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 13 November 2017 at 09:44

A better rural life possible with Agro-industrialization in the Counties

The agro-industrialization potential towards Kenya’s devolution success and nation’s development cannot be over-emphasized in a country that produces many crops that could be processed into various value-added products. Agro-industry is an integral part of the economic growth of any county, various cash crops and livestock that are produced in different counties could be major drivers of development. Counties could benefit immensely from these resource opportunities to achieve food security if apparent challenges confronting the sector are tackled deliberately. A strong and efficient agricultural sector would enable a county to feed its growing population, generate employment, and provide raw materials for ‘intra-county’ industries.

It is imperative to note that agricultural sector has a multiplier effect on socio-economic and industrial fabric because of the multifunctional nature of agriculture. Judging from

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