Background of Office
- Operational since February 2008
- The department exists within the Phytosanitary Services division.
- Responsible for developing projects to address institutional funding gaps like infrastructure, equipment, human capacity enhancement and facilitate in meeting market requirements.
- Since 2008, over 1.3 Billion Kshs has been mobilized from USAID, EU, Netherlands, FAO/IPPC, CABI, USDA, Danish, Australia and others.
- Focusing on capacity building in three areas:
– Human – skills to staff and stakeholders
– Buildings – lab complexes
– Equipment – lab equipment/instruments, Vehicles and others
- 4 permanent staff
Some Key Successes
- Equipment support for various labs.
- Trained staff and stakeholders to meet market requirements resulting in drop in interceptions, quality exports and growth in exports.
- Holding of the phytosanitary conference in 2016 and 2018.
- Facilitated building of labs – HQ & PQBS.
- Kenya elected as Chair of OECD FFV.
- Operationalized COPE.
Equipment - HPLC
Data storage unit for ICT
Refurbishment of Kitale germination room
Hq laboratory Complex
Support to OECD FFV
Passion Fruit Standard Brochure being developed by KEPHIS
Kenya – current chair of OECD FFV
Phytosanitary Conferences 2016 and 2018
Phytosanitary Conference 2016
Phytosanitary Conference 2018
The Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence - COPE
The Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) was launched in October 2010 and since then has trained 3,740. The objective of COPE is to enhance capacity of Africa’s national Sanitary and Phytosanitary systems to protect national agriculture and increase ability to compete in international markets by meeting market requirements. COPE is positioned to serve as a sub-regional virtual centre and is already recognized by Regional Plant Protection Organizations such as AU-IAPSC and COMESA. A number of specific courses have been conducted on areas of phytosanitary concerns like application of phytosanitary measures, introduction to the IPPC and its international standards for phytosanitary measures (ISPMs), phytosanitary inspection and certification systems, pest risk analysis (PRA), pest surveillance, laboratory pest diagnosis, pest identification, documentation in phytosanitary systems, risk based inspection at border points and others. The trainees are from Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Botswana, Nigeria, Lesotho, Somali, COMESA Countries and others. In addition it has developed a curriculum and also develops tailor made program/curricula; supported work on regional PRA for Maize, Beans and Rice; further it has done in-country training and consultancy including successfully hosting the phytosanitary conferences in 2016 and 2018.
COPE Trainees since 2013
5th Seed Potato Production and Certification Course, 12th -16th August 2019 at KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi
Training of The National plant protection organization of Sudan (phytosanitary and quarantine department in Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture) from 2nd to 9th November 2019 in Nairobi.
COPE Courses under new curricula
|1. Introduction to International Treaties and Standards in Phytosanitary systems|
|2. Phytosanitary import regulatory systems|
|3. Phytosanitary export certification systems|
|4. Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)|
|5. Pest surveillance in Phytosanitary system|
|6. Pest Diagnostics in Phytosanitary systems|
|7. Emerging Biosecurity issues in Phytosanitary systems|
|8. Management of Phytosanitary systems|
|9. Plant Variety development and seed certification in Phytosanitary systems|
|10. Agricultural Export Business|
|11. Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool|
|12. Introduction to Bioinformatics|
|13. Fruit Tree Nursery Certification|
|14. Application of international quality standards for fresh fruits and vegetables|
|15. Seed potato production and certification course|
|16. Pesticide residues analysis and pesticide formulation by use of various specialized laboratory equipment|
|#||Project||Objective (S)||Period||Fund for the project|
|1||Horticulture Research Fund (HRF) – Funded by HCDA.||Pesticide Residue Analysis in domestic and export produce||2007 to 2010||KShs. 1,930,500|
|2||Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) – Eastern Africa (scale up activities from July 2011 to date through support of donors such as USAID – over 3100 persons trained through support of development partners of over 50 million Kshs)||To build Phytosanitary capacity in East Africa and to increase market access of African nations through the establishment of a Phytosanitary Centre of Excellence for Eastern Africa in Kenya. Specific objectives: 1. To set up the legal and institutional framework for a Phytosanitary Centre of Excellence. 2. To set up a training unit to develop training opportunities in Phytosanitary policy and practice, appropriate to the needs of the region, including the establishment of an exemplary plant inspection facility and information management system for use as demonstration and training tools. 3. To set up a unit for applied pest risk analysis (PRA) generating PRAs according to relevant international standards and to establish a network of African pest risk analysts. 4. To promote the Centre, and the services it will offer, within the region.||Started 26 May 2008 – Feb 2011||$ 982,540|
|3||KEPHIS/EU Horticultural Produce Phytosanitary Certification And Quality Assurance (HORTICAP) Construction of the Lab Complex in Karen, KEPHIS Hq; purchase of equipment.||The Project’s purpose is to upgrade the capacity of KEPHIS to facilitate the access of Kenyan horticultural produce to EU markets through: 1. Improved quality of service delivery in Phytosanitary inspection and certification, which will bring about improved quality of farms inputs and produce; 2. Improved quality of service delivery in other analysis and certification processes; 3. Increased awareness among stakeholders on market quality regulations and other requirements; 4. Improved food safety; and 5. Improved monitoring and pest surveillance services.||Nov. 2007 to June 2011||Euros 3,200,000|
|4||KEPHIS / Netherlands Project On Capacity Building For Effective Phytosanitary Checks And Systems To Enhance Market Access Of Kenya’s Horticultural Produce (CABHORT)||1. To develop an early warning system and effectively put in operation for the various quarantine organisms in the horticultural production regions 2. Reduced percentage of non-compliant Phytosanitary export certificates issued by KEPHIS for horticultural produce exported to the EU 3. Timely information dissemination on Phytosanitary developments and changes in Phytosanitary regulations and standards||March 2008 to Nov 2009||Euros 395,780|
|5||KEPHIS/USAID PROJECT: KEPHIS Pest Risk Analysis Program||To enhance capacity of KEPHIS to ensure compliance with international market requirements through training, building of infrastructural and the strengthening of systems (building of the lab in Muguga). Plus to develop a comprehensive pest list for Kenya and document food risks.||Mar 2008 to Feb 2011||US $ 430,000|
|6||CLIENT Kenya Project Developed electronic Certification System (ECS) and launched||1. To reduce the cost of doing business in the Horticulture sub-sector by reducing time taken and simplifying the Export Certification process to clear horticultural consignments through Exit points in Kenya and entry points into The Netherlands; 2. To improve the quality and reliability of Export Certification by reducing interceptions and incidences of fraud.||August 2009 To March 2011||Kshs. 46,815,514.80|
|7||ASSIP Automated Support System for the Import of Phytosanitary consignments in Kenya (ASSIP-K) Project||To create the Plant Import & Quarantine Regulatory System (PIQRS) whose objective is to facilitate safe, secure and efficient importation of plants, plant products and regulated articles; and launch.||Jan 2013 to March 2015||KShs. 96,411,664.00|
|8||Standards and Market Access Programme (SMAP)||The project has two specific objectives: a) To domesticate and gazette plant health and food safety standards of Kenyan plant-based products; b) To strengthen the capacity of KEPHIS for testing and certification of plant-based products (Purchase of lab equipment and human capacity building)||June 2014 to July 2017||Kshs. 310 million|
|9||Regional Integration Implementation Program (RIIP)||The focus is national trade policy reforms and trade facilitation in order to transposition regional commitments in the EAC, COMESA- arrangements e.g. resolve Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade (NTBs).||Feb 2015 to June 2020||Kshs. 85 million|
|10||Feed the Future Kenya Agriculture Regulatory Capacity Building Program (Foodscap)||1. Provide supportive seed production systems services to farmers growing orphan crops to assure availability of seeds.
2. Mitigate against crop losses through plant health management strategies and diagnostics.
3. Monitor food safety through checking for food contaminants and implementing a pilot regional program on the generation of suitable pesticide residue limits.
|September 2017 to September 2020||KShs. 430 million|
|11||TMEA Support to KEPHIS||1. The development of a Seed Certification - Plant Variety Protection SC-PVP System.
2. Development of an integrated import and export certification system.
3. Institutional framework to develop and implement SPS policies and protocols to facilitate trade in agriculture and livestock sectors in Kenya.
|January 2020 to June 2024||Kshs. 220 million|
Projections for fundraising as per strategic plan
|Amount (KShs)||216 M||172 M||120 M||145 M|
|Actual / projected||218 M (Actual)||174 M (Projected)||120 M (Projected)||145 M(Projected)|
|Projects||Foodscap, RIIP, COPE, SMAP||Foodscap, RIIP, COPE, MarkUP||Foodscap, RIIP, COPE, TMEA||TMEA, COPE, MarkUP|
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When do you normally send your project proposals?
This is done as per call for proposals sent from different donors
2. To whom do you send your proposals to?
We send them to different donors when they call for proposals
3. Where do you get ideas for proposals?
We get ideas for proposals from departmental funding gaps, and also issues affecting the agriculture sector that need intervention but was not previously budgeted for.
4. Are your proposals always successful?
5. What activities are funded by projects office?
Activities linked to KEPHIS mandate and those that meet the funding project objectives.
6. What kind of project proposals do you normally do?
Any linked to KEPHIS mandate and meet the donor requirements
7. How long do the COPE courses take?
For more information visit www.africa-cope.org
8. How do I go about applying for the COPE courses?
For more information visit www.africa-cope.org