Video Conferences on flower sector
The World Bank jointly with Kenya Flower Council, the EU All ACP Agricultural Commodities Trust Fund Program (EU AAACP), and the African Caribbean Pacific has organized a series of interactive Video Conference (VC) seminars that will elucidate challenges facing the Flower Industry in the Eastern African region (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia).
The five VCs will address global competitiveness of the sector, the impact of agro-bacterium (Agrobacterium tumefaciens) and other soil borne diseases on production of roses, climate change and multiple taxies and levies on the industry, and the role of Strategic Environment Assessment in the establishment of sustainable flower farms. KFC is the coordinating office.
The objective of the seminars is to accord stakeholders the opportunity for sharing experiences on challenges and achievements in the flower industry in East African Region. The seminars will also draw a rare comparative analysis on the global competitiveness of the flower industries in Eastern Africa, Ecuador, India and Columbia.
In addition, the seminars present stakeholders with an opportunity to develop synergies for tackling regional problems affecting the flower industry. Presentations by technical experts will not only give the participants a deeper understanding of challenges facing the regional flower industry but will also look at how such challenges are or have been addressed in other parts of the world. It is also envisaged that the seminars will give the industry the prerequisite visibility to attract international collaborations in research, support from the regional economic blocks, and exposure of local capacity within the region.
The Global Competitiveness of Flower Industry in East African Region will be highlighted through five (5) video conference seminars between May and December 2011. The first VC will start on Monday 16th May, 2011. The topics include:
- MAY 16, 2011- The impact of climate change on the global competitiveness of horticultural production in the East African Region - opportunities for effective interventions and or adaptation projects with special emphasis on flower production.
- JUNE 7, 2011 - The impact of Agrobacterium tumefaciens and other soil borne disease causing agents of economic importance in production of roses.
- AUGUST 2 2011 - The impact of taxies and levies on flower industry global competitiveness.
- 20TH SEPTEMBER 2011 - The role of Strategic Environment Assessment in the establishment of sustainable flower farms.
- 29TH NOVEMBER 2011 - A comparative study on the global competitiveness of the East African flower industry including Ethiopia, Ecuador, India and Columbia.