Kenya’s Plastic Bag Ban Complicates Food Storage Technology Supported By USAID

Devex: Kenya’s plastic bag ban complicates USAID-promoted technology
“…Tens of thousands of farmers in Kenya rely on Hermetic Storage Technology (HST) agricultural bags to store their crops after harvest … USAID contributed about $150,000 to the promotion of these bags beginning in 2013, as part of its Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES) project. … The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) of Kenya told Devex that the HST bags are considered exempt under the ban, but that companies that manufacture HST agricultural bags will still need to individually apply to NEMA for an annual clearance from the ban, in order to produce them…” (Jerving, 10/5).