Our Focus on Research & Policy

The Opportunity

The policy-regulatory environment is a critical enabler for markets to work better in the three sectors KMT operates in – agricultural inputs, livestock, and water. Favourable policy-regulatory environment is achieved through policy advocacy which falls under KMT’s strategic objective two: “Understanding how markets work in Kenya as the basis for influence and action.”

Key Successes To Date


In collaboration with sector teams, conducted timely studies and disseminated results. These studies include, “Political economy of the livestock sector in Kenya;” “Meat end-market trends in Kenya;” “Contextualising Pathways to Resilience in ASALs under the Big Four Agenda;” “Mapping of animal feed and ingredient suppliers in Kenya,” and “Agricultural produce cess.”

Policy Dialogues

In close collaboration with KEPSA, the umbrella body of the private sector in Kenya, KMT participates in various policy dialogues such as the Presidential Round Table, Speakers Round Table, Ministerial Stakeholders’ Forums, Chief Justice Forum among others. In these forums, several hindering regulations are discussed and pathways for resolution developed.

Seeds and Plant Varieties Regulations

Through our continued partnership and collaboration with various organisations including county and national government, KMT has/is supported/supporting the review and development of the Seeds and Plant Varieties Regulations; Variety Release and Evaluation Regulations; National Livestock Policy; National Livestock and Livestock Products Promotion Bill; Livestock Identification and Traceability (LITS) Strategy and Bill; Rangelands Management Bill; Livestock insurance policy; operationalization of the Fertiliser and Foodstuff Act No. 20 of 2015, review of the Pest Control Products Regulations (PCP) 2015, development and review of the draft Water Regulations 2019, and harmonisation of the Rural Water Utilities service delivery guidelines.