Cargill has been active in Kenya since 1984 when the company acquired Ralli Brothers, a cotton trading company. Our current activities include trading in wheat, maize, rice, fertilizers, cotton, originating coffee, producing hybrid seed, and engaging in financial markets.
In October of 2014, Cargill acquired Lesiolo Grain Handlers Limited, a bulk grain handling company based in the Nakuru region of Kenya, bringing our total number of employees to over 200. This an important step forward in Cargill’s growth strategy to complement our tea business and develop our grain and oilseeds footprint in Kenya, and to expand our activities across the sub Saharan region.
Our core business in Kenya includes tea financing, sourcing, handling, warehousing and distribution, where we work closely with Unilever, one to the customers to whom we offer innovative financial solutions. Cargill is the largest tea exporter out of Mombasa and received recognition for the second year running from the Tea Board of Kenya as the largest tea buyer at the East African Tea Trade Auction for the year ended June 2013. In 2012, Cargill was recognised as being the top exporter through the Port of Mombasa.
Cargill has relocated its headquarters in Kenya to a new office centre in Westlands, Nairobi.
Corporate responsibility is part of everything we do. We collaborate with organisations around the world to improve nutrition and health of those in our communities, provide access to education, encourage responsible stewardship of natural resources, foster sustainable economic development and promote responsible business practices in our supply chain.
Since 2004, Cargill has supported the Little Sisters of the Poor Senior Citizens Home with donations of food and clothing in Kenya.
In 2011 as part of the fight against starvation in the Horn of Africa, Cargill made the largest food donation the World Food Program USA (WFP) has ever received from a company. In late November, an entire shipload of rice—10,000 metric tons—arrived from India at the port of Mombasa in Kenya. Following a 23-day voyage across the Indian Ocean, employees from Cargill’s grain and oilseed business met the rice shipment at the port of Mombasa, Kenya. The rice was turned over to WFP for unloading and distribution in Kenya, the country where WFP sees the largest food shortfalls.
In 2013, Cargill Kenya partnered with the Aga Khan Foundation and Sombeza Knowledge Centre, a local NGO, to plant over 1,500 indigenous tree seedlings at Mwanda Primary School in Kwale County as part of a conservation effort for degraded land in the area. In addition to environmental benefits the planting of trees will provide communities with a future source of firewood. The wood is also used as a construction material. Pupils at the school have ‘adopted’ the trees and are responsible for their care.