The Agricultural Society of Kenya – Machakos (A.S.K) was founded in December 1901 under the name East African Agricultural and Horticultural Society (EAA & HS). The central objective was to promote agricultural development based on European Settlement. This was the brainchild of John Ainsworth, who was the Sub-Commissioner for Ukambani Province. He believed that the organisation was to be an invaluable institution in the struggle to establish and maintain an agricultural export commodity economy. The shows were to be a very important shop window for prospective buyers both local and International. Nairobi became the Society’s Headquarters with the first show held at the Jeevanjee gardens and market in 1902.

The government has made deliberate efforts to revitalize agriculture. This can be seen in the enormous progress evident with farmers accessing a variety of quality satisfied seeds, subsidised fertilisers and accessing markets for their produce. This is inspiring given that farming has been a struggle to survive, but is slowly transforming into thriving businesses.

All these efforts contribute to Africa’s green revolution, with the main focus being embracing new technologies to solve local problems particularly improving local seed varieties and crops. Kenya hosting the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in September this year is proof that we are matching closer towards a better food secure economy. The forum will provide our nation a platform to share agricultural transformation successes with the greater African Region. The Society is committed to playing a key role in the advancement of policies that will ensure a better life for millions of Africa’s farmers and families as well as the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Some of the challenges facing the agriculture sector today include climate change, rapidly growing urban populations, and poor uptake of technologies. Through Agriculture we can mitigate these challenges while offering solutions to providing a clear path to food security and employment opportunities. History has proven that science can solve the nation’s agriculture and food production problems. Therefore, as a nation we need to prioritise increased farm production and agricultural research.

As a major stake holder in the industry, The Agricultural Society of Kenya – Machakos have taken our rightful position in all our operations. Our show theme: “Embracing Technology In Agriculture And Trade For Food Security And National Growth” is proof of our commitment in supporting Africa’s green revolution. We now more than ever, need to embrace agricultural research and innovation, while putting elaborate efforts to ensure adequate sharing and adoption of the research findings. Our world is changing; the way we grow and produce food needs a much richer diet of scientific ingenuity to keep pace.

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