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.


A Dawn of a New Chapter for Kenya Markets Trust

After years of successfully working together as partners with a shared mission of transforming sectors in East Africa, Gatsby Africa, Kenya Markets Trust and Msingi East Africa have decided to integrate and become one entity as of April 01, 2022.

The new integrated entity will be called Gatsby Africa – a philanthropic entity of Lord David Sainsbury and will operate across six sectors in East Africa – Commercial Forestry, Aquaculture, Textiles and Apparel, Livestock, Agricultural Inputs, and Water.

We believe that the ambition and vision of the new organisation, coupled with the breadth of our portfolio, puts us in a strong position to deliver a meaningful level of impact for millions of people in the East African region. It equally strengthens our ability to generate and share our learning with others.

Coming together allows us to leverage the strengths of the three organisations, brings efficiency to how we work, and ensures we have a greater impact in our work.

What does this mean for the work that we have been passionately championing over the years? There will be no changes to the focus and modalities of how we work or our shared commitments – our three existing programmes will continue to operate in the same way they have always done.

We will be launching the new integrated Gatsby Africa organisation on April 01, 2022. By mid-April, we will share with you a link to our new website and official social media handles. However, we will retain our current website for a minimum period of six months, so that our knowledge materials are available to you. We shall be moving these over to our new website so that nothing will be lost.

As an organisation, we are excited about the opportunities that this integration brings for our people, partners and the sectors we work in. We are humbled by the collaboration and good working relationship we have had with all our different stakeholders and look forward to continuing working with you in the new organisation.