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Bayer East Africa Ltd. is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, a global innovation enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of agriculture and health care. Bayer AG has a base and registration in Germany with the global headquarters in Leverkusen. As an innovation company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, Bayer aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen.

Bayer in East Africa

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Bayer headquarters in Nairobi

Bayer East Africa Ltd. is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya where its operations were founded back in 1968. However, it had its beginnings in Kenya in 1934, when Bayer AG, with Hansing & Co (E.A), introduced Bayer pharmaceutical products and Agfa films into the market. In the ensuing years, the company has experienced expansive business trends and the operations have since extended to the East Africa Region including Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda where we partner with Distributors, Farmer organizations, Health Care Providers and Governments to provide solutions in the various competencies.

Today, Bayer East Africa is an employer to one hundred and eighty five (185) employees working in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The company has two main Divisions:

  • Crop Science
  • Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Health

Trends and Future Prospects

On the basis of our high values and ethics, we aspire to contribute to the satisfaction of our markets’ needs in East Africa. Our aim is to help in providing an adequate supply of high-quality food, feed and renewable plant-based raw material as well as improve people’s quality of life by preventing, alleviating and curing diseases. We aim to achieve these goals by being innovative, quality-driven, reliable and compliant. This means observing both company-specific and statutory regulations, as well as ensuring first class customer satisfaction with a highly motivated and exceptionally professional team.

At the same time we’ll remain committed to our Social Commitment to enhance the well-being of life and contribute to the economic development of the East African Community. Our goal is to impact communities by focusing our CSR activities on areas where our business has the greatest impact and where our efforts can generate the greatest value.

Some of the students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Agriculture (JKUAT) during the Bayer Innovation Competition Open Day in June 2018
Bayer East Africa Managing Director Eric Bureau with the Governor of West Pokot H.E Prof. John Lonyangapuo during the commissioning of the Bayer Life Science Project in West Pokot County in March 2018
Proud winners of the Rhino Charge 2018; the team was sponsored by Bayer East Africa to participate in the annual Rhino Charge event which aims at supporting conservation efforts of water catchment areas in Kenya
Pupils from Inkisanjani Primary School, Kajiado County in a recent tree planting programme supported by Bayer East Africa.
Bayer’s mobile seed treatment machine in Kisima Farm in Timau.

Latest News from Bayer in East Africa

Bayer East Africa collaborates with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in search for innovative solutions for smallholder

Eric Bureau, Managing Director Bayer East Africa addressing students at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Agriculture during the Bayer Innovation Competition Open Day. Zoom image
Eric Bureau, Managing Director Bayer East Africa addressing students at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Agriculture during the Bayer Innovation Competition Open Day.

Small scale farming is a natural outgrowth of sustainable agriculture which produces abundant produce without polluting the environment.Unfortunately, most smallholder farmers lack access to agronomic knowledge, high quality farm inputs and markets in order to sell their produce. Farmers around Africa are still using the old farming methods which were used thousands of years ago. Some of these traditional farming approaches may continue to work for some, but new practices can help many to substantially improve yields, soil quality and natural capital as well as food and nutrition security.

In a bid to come up with innovative solutions to the problems faced by smallholder farmers, Bayer East Africa collaborated with the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) with an aim to empower university students on innovation and endear them to agriculture.

The collaboration dubbed the ‘Bayer Innovation Competition’ was launched at an Open Day at the JKUAT SAJOREC main Hall on June 26, 2018 in a ceremony that saw over 200 participants attend.

Speaking during the ceremony, Bayer East Africa Managing Director Mr. Eric Bureau reaffirmed the company’s commitment to achieving food security and improved nutrition by providing innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture. “Am glad to launch this partnership today which will help small holder farmers as well as Bayer to achieve its objectives. Through an array of interventions, Bayer has continued to develop sustainable business models for reaching millions of smallholder farmers in Kenya by 2030, by facilitating access to financing, healthy seeds, crop insurance, and education across board from agricultural best practices to marketing and entrepreneurship,” said Mr. Bureau.

Anthony Maina, the Innovation Lead for Bayer East Africa gave an interactive presentation that walked the students through the main aspects of innovation including Design Thinking and Prototyping as ways towards defining, designing and trying out new innovative ideas. Students from the Schools of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, School of Business, School of Computing and Information Technology and School of Mathematical Sciences were invited to propose different innovative solutions, which will seek to provide solutions to four main challenges that smallholder farmers’ face today, these include access to credit, availability of markets, crop protection and appropriate farming methods.

“The overall objective of this initiative is to see how we can collaborate with the university and come together to offer solutions to some of the greatest challenges that smallholder farmers are facing in Kenya, African and even globally. We registered an interest of about 250 participants and we are looking forward to receive innovation proposals in big numbers. We will go through them one by one, analyze them objectively and ultimately get the best idea,” he noted.

The competition will be implemented in three phases. Bayer will sponsor the implementation of the best ideas and through a competitive process, identify and award top students with internship and industrial attachment opportunities in Germany.

Speaking during the Open Day, Prof. Bernard Ikua, Principal College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC) lauded Bayer for their efforts to support smallholder farmers and promised to empower students during the whole process. “We really appreciate the partnership between Bayer and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). We are proud that Bayer has identified JKUAT students for this noble initiative that will help smallholder farmers in the country as well as assist to bring out students talents,” he explained.

“Am very happy to have come today and be part of Bayer Innovation Competition. I believe it will be a great platform for students to come up with great innovative solutions to solve some of the farming problems that are existing in our country,” concludes a smiling Mary Kinya, a student from School of Mathematical Sciences, JKUAT.

More than 80 percent of the food in Africa is produced on smallholder farms. And on the other hand, Africa faces the biggest challenges in terms of the general livelihood, which in turn means that even a small increase in income for a farmer and his family has a direct impact on the fulfillment of basic needs such as education and healthcare. Improving the situation of smallholder farmers in Africa thus becomes a driver for the overall development of the whole continent.

Bayer Life Science Project Commissioned, handed over to West Pokot County Government

Bayer East Africa Managing Director Eric Bureau in a traditional dance with other Bayer and West Pokot County Officials during the handover ceremonyZoom image
Bayer East Africa Managing Director Eric Bureau in a traditional dance with other Bayer and West Pokot County Officials during the handover ceremony

Bayer’s CSR commitment is anchored on community empowerment and helping people thrive. As a Leader in Life Sciences, Bayer is committed to improve lives in all aspects of Life Sciences and beyond. This was the idea behind the global Bayer Life Science Project implemented in West Pokot County in Kenya between January 2017 - February 2018.

The project which was implemented in partnership with the Anglican Development Services (ADS) entailed; community empowerment in agriculture such as; fish farming, food crop farming; health and sanitation including provision of ablution blocks to five public schools, water storage facilities and training in hygiene practices such as handwashing in schools. Provision of modern medical supplies and a free medical camp to treat fistula patients were also undertaken as part of the project under Bayer’s mission of improving lives in the community.

After a successful closing of the implementation phase, Bayer handed over the project activities to the Government of West Pokot County, in a colorful ceremony held In Kapenguria, West Pokot on 26th March 2018.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Bayer East Africa’s Managing Director, Mr. Eric Bureau reaffirmed the company’s commitment towards improving communities in Life Sciences and beyond. “As Bayer, we are committed to empowering communities in life sciences. Our mission is ‘Science for a Better Life’, on which this project was conceived and implemented in partnership with the Anglican Development Services. We are pleased to hand over the activities of the project to the county government of West Pokot, which were actually derived from the county integrated development plan 2015- 2017.”

The project, launched in January 2017 had a direct impact on over 3,000 households in all the five sub-counties in West Pokot. In Agriculture, over 2,000 households representing 13,800 people benefited from the capacity building in modern farming practices, nutrition and income generating initiatives.

Three youth groups and additional three women groups were trained on intensive farming in vegetables and fruits, which will go a long way in improving their economic viability and sustainability.

“We started ordinary farming in 2014, and back then our net profit was about Ksh 30,000 per season. When the Bayer project was introduced in 2017, we learnt new farming practices, coupled with the right seed variety as guided by Kenya Agricultural Research Institute. Today, I am proud to say that our net profit has more than tripled shooting to Ksh. 150,000 per season,” said Joseph Rotich the Chairman of Merkit Youth Group.

Speaking at the County Government offices in Kapenguria, the Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo lauded Bayer East Africa for their efforts to invest in the county, and urged them to consider continuation of similar initiatives in the vast county. “We are pleased to take over the activities from Bayer East Africa & the Anglican Development Services, and commit to incorporate them in our strategic plan 2018 - 2021. Since the launch in 2017, I can attest to the direct impact this project has had on the people of West Pokot; for the first time in the history of the county our people have embarked new agricultural economic practices such as fish rearing & sweet potato farming. I would like to thank the two partners for believing in West Pokot, and their willingness to invest and change lives in this part of the country.” The handover ceremony was held at St Francis School for the visually impaired in the very county.

Bayer East Africa has in the recent past implemented such initiatives in other counties such as Kajiado and Nairobi, and has especially been keen on youth empowerment, public health and sanitation.

“Bayer EA’s motivation to venture into West Pokot was purely to improve lives, and jumpstart the county’s untapped great potential in Life Sciences and other economic fronts. Through training, capacity building and community collaboration, we have ensured that the activities are sustainable beyond the implementation period,” noted the Bayer Life Science Project Lead, Fred Nyambare.

“We are committed to ensuring that the project remains viable and beneficial for the long term.
We will continue to collaborate with West Pokot through different CSR initiatives,” added Anthony Maina, Head of CSR Bayer East Africa.

The project was supported by a one off grant of USD 250,000 (Ksh. 30M) by the Bayer Cares Foundation

Bayer East Africa sponsors 2018 Kenya National Farmers Awards

Mr John Kanyingi, Head of Sales Bayer Crop Science Division congratulates one of the winners during the awarding ceremonyZoom image
Mr John Kanyingi, Head of Sales Bayer Crop Science Division congratulates one of the winners during the awarding ceremony

Bayer East Africa sponsored the 5th National Farmers Awards Scheme organized by Elgon Kenya Limited and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. The event was held in February 2018 at Laico Regency Hotel to reward the best farmers in the agricultural sector countrywide.

The Award Scheme is a collaborative activity between the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries and Elgon Kenya Limited hosted to recognize and acknowledge farmers' achievements in different agricultural fields in the country. The competition factors are mainly on features such as best crop husbandry, soil conservation and afforestation, proper record keeping practices, use of technology among others.

Speaking during the event, John Kanyingi, Head of Sales Crop Science Division said commercialization of farming has led to limited access of land and encouraged farmers to practice digital farming solutions in order to promote sustainable agriculture.

“This is our first time to sponsor this event and we are glad to be associated with the farming community. Bayer has been a partner in both large and small scale farming and our objectives are to improve farming for the farmers to produce more efficiently and to increase profits while reducing the impact farming has on the environment. We will continue with this partnership to see how best we can help small scale farmers,” he explained.

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), agricultural productivity will need to increase by 60 percent between 2006 and 2050 in order to provide an adequate food supply to feed the world’s growing population. As one of the biggest suppliers of crop protection agents and seeds, Bayer wants to help the world overcome this major challenge. Alongside large-scale farming, small-scale farmers play a key role in ensuring food supplies, particularly in developing countries and emerging economies. John also participated in awarding the small scale agro-input dealers, large scale agro-input dealers and Women in Agriculture winners with trophies and other awards.

The award ceremony was graced by the government officials in the Ministry of Agriculture including the Agriculture Secretary, Mrs Anne Onyango, farmers and other agricultural-based organizations. Other sponsors of the award included; Excel Crop Care, BASF, Seeds of Gold and Arysta Life Sciences.

Kenya's agricultural sector is the nerve of the economy contributing a quarter of the country's earning and employing over 75 percent of the population both directly and indirectly. Exports from the sector are relied upon by the government in delivery of important public services.

Bayer East Africa donates insecticide to Government of Kenya to help fight fall army worm infestation

Mr. Eric Bureau Managing Director Bayer East Africa hands over the insecticide donation to Mr. Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Looking on is Mr. John Kanyingi, Head of Sales Bayer Crop Science Kenya. Zoom image
Mr. Eric Bureau Managing Director Bayer East Africa hands over the insecticide donation to Mr. Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Looking on is Mr. John Kanyingi, Head of Sales Bayer Crop Science Kenya.

As a key stakeholder in Agriculture, Bayer East Africa is keen to support farmers by providing innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture. The fall army worm infestation in Kenya is a new threat that continues to face the Kenyan farmers, both large scale and small holders, in especially maize production. The fall army worm is a deadly caterpillar that affects food crops in an alarming speed and is likely to damage and wipe out the crop entirely leaving the farmers with no harvest at all.

In support of the fight towards this invasion, Bayer East Africa donated a specialized insecticide formulated to fight the fall army worm. The insecticide, valued at 10 million Kenya shillings was donated to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in a ceremony that took place on July 5, 2017 at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Organization. The Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Willy Bett received the donation from Bayer East Africa’s Managing Director, Mr. Eric Bureau.

“Bayer is a global Life science company with competencies in the field of Healthcare and Agriculture. We are a commercial company, but we have a social commitment to improve the lives of people, that is why we have decided to donate this insecticide worth 10 million Kenya shillings in small packs, particularly adapted to the needs of smallholder farmers,” said Eric Bureau, Managing Director, Bayer East Africa. “Fall Army Worm is a devastating pest threatening the income of thousands of small holder farmers in the country. With this donation we want to support small holder farmers in their efforts to protect their crops so they can make a good living out of it. We also want to contribute to the government’s effort to ensure that good and affordable food is available in the country,” he added.

Belt SC 480, the brand name of the insecticide, contains a new active ingredient from a new chemical class, the phthalic acid diamides, and provides a mode of action that acts differently against target pests than do conventional materials. It is a registered product in Kenya and one of the nine insecticides approved and recommended by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in the fight against the fall army worm. It has also been used successfully in South America and South Africa for the same.

The product will be donated in monodose packs specifically targeting small holder farmers in five counties which include; Kwale, Nandi, Kirinyaga, Kakamega and Uasin Gishu.

Fall Army worm is a devastating pest of maize, rice, sorghum, cotton and vegetable crops. This results in economic loss which impacts negatively on a national food security and income. So far in Kenya the pest has been noted only on maize. Attack on maize at vegetative stage can result into 100% crop loss if no control is taken.

In his remarks, The Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Willy Bett called for more agro-chemical companies to donate more products and to give discounts to the farmers when they are selling their products, in order to help to eliminate pests ravaging farms in the country.” We are here as a result of the devastating results we have seen due to the presence of fall army worm in the country. Up to 20 per cent of maize crop on farms has been affected and with the continuing spread of the pest, the number is likely to go up. I want to thank Bayer East Africa for heeding to our call and donating to us this insecticide which has the capability to put the current invasion under control. The ministry will make sure the product is distributed in time to all the affected areas in order to avoid further damage,” he pointed out.

In addition Bett said that the government is putting up interventions against the fall army worm and also sensitizing farmers on the best chemicals to use, pest identification, monitoring and scouting as well drought mitigation and adaptation measures, encouraging farmers to pay attention to their farms to be able to detect the pest early enough and decide on what chemical solutions to intervene with. Fall army worm was first reported in September 2016 in West Africa and spread to South Africa where reports show it has already destroyed more than 100,000 hectares of maize in just three African countries.

Support for Farmers in Seed Treatment

BCS supporting farmers in seed treatment in Kenya

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Untreated seeds

In its continued efforts to offer customer support and provide cutting edges agri-solutions, BCS has now launched free seed dressing services to farmers. This is part of Bayer seed growth which incorporates quality seed treatment product, coating, equipment and service. By using a modern seed treatment equipment and seed treatment product, BCS is aiming at helping farmers maximize the performance potential of the seeds and traits they plant right from the start.

Seed treatment is an integral component of seed technology that involves the application of biological, physical and chemical agents and techniques to seeds so as to provide protection to the seeds and germinating seedlings and improve the establishment of healthy crops.

The product being used is Redigo Deter which is being offered together with the peridiam ferti, a seed coating to improve stickability of the product and reduce dust. This also comes with micronutrients to give the germinating seedling a quick healthy start.

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Bayer seed treatment machine

“We are using one of the latest mobile seed dressing equipment that we recently imported from Denmark which we are taking to the different farms. It is a new high volume treatment machine that is specially made for the Kenyan farmers. We are also using our very own Redigo Deter which is a combined insecticide and fungicide seed treatment that can be used on all cereals, It helps to ensure excellent establishment by protecting the seed from soil borne pests such as chafer grubs, cutworms, slugs and broadest spectrum of seed-borne diseases such fusarium,” said John Kanyingi, BCS Marketing Manager. “It is particularly useful where Cutworms, chafer grubs, and wireworm numbers are high after maize or OSR and also if sowing early. This greatly facilitates the life of our customers who do not have to care about logistics, transport, treatment quality and so on,” he added.

Diseases and pests affecting crops can have devastating consequences in agricultural and horticultural production if not properly managed. Untreated seeds are prone to various pests and diseases and result to very low yields; by offering the seed dressing services BCS will be supporting the farmers to improve both the quality and quantity of their harvest. The free service was launched in September and has already seen several farmers in Timau and Nanyuki regions benefit. “We are really grateful to Bayer for this service, we have already had more than 200 tons of our wheat and barley seeds treated with Redigo Deter and we are looking forward to a bumper harvest!” exclaimed Shaun Miller from Kisima farm in Timau.

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Treated seeds

As the agri-business in Kenya continues to open up to new challenges and opportunities, BCS hopes to lead from the front through invention of new innovations and technologies to support farmers receive maximum benefit from the investments they make. Eric Bureau, Head of BCS Business Development in Africa and also Bayer East Africa Managing Director notes that Bayer’s customer centric approach is anchored on Bayer’s Africa’s strategy. “We are fully committed to walk with the farmers from planting through crop management to harvesting. Using Bayer’s cutting edge innovations, we aim to support farmers to realize the return of their own investment and also expand the agricultural production to help the country in food production,” noted Eric. “Like most Countries in Africa, Kenya’s economy also relies heavily on sustainable agricultural production. As Bayer, we will continue to work with the relevant stakeholders to support the agri-business in Kenya,” he concluded.

Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy, due to its significance in contributing to economic growth. Farmers in Kenya are involved in both small and large-scale farming of both cash and food crops.

Commitment to Transform Baba Dogo School

Bayer’s commitment to transform Baba Dogo School

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The renovated special unit classroom

Baba Dogo Primary School is one of the biggest public primary schools in Nairobi and the only public school in the Ruaraka Industrial Zone in Nairobi, 2 kms from the Bayer Offices. The school has a population of more than 1500 pupils most of whom come from the nearby slums and faces a number of challenges including poor and insufficient infrastructure such as classrooms and toilets. The teaching and non-teaching staff is also not adequate to serve the growing school population.

Beginning early this year, Bayer Healthcare – East Africa embarked on a progressive project to transform the school in a gradual but steady process. The first step was to renovate the classroom for the mentally and physically challenged which was done in March. For a very long time the classroom remained in a dilapidated state without the necessary features to assist the disabled children in their learning activities. The sink in the classroom was continuously leaking, causing a constant wet floor. The uneven floor was a challenge for children who have difficulties in walking on their own. The windows were broken and covered with cardboards which made the class very cold and dark. The desks were inefficient for all students. All these were fixed and the classroom is now fitted with necessary modern features to assist the pupils.

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The New water point

“Bayer Healthcare believes there is a value to every life and that everyone has something to offer regardless of the physical status,” said Helen Mwathi, Head of PR & Social Marketing, BHC East Africa.

The second phase was done in August and included installing new water taps at the school to help the children access clean water for drinking, washing and cleaning. “Certainly there are some many more needs related to basic hygiene and health, like drainage, waste disposal and the washrooms, which Bayer HealthCare will continue to prioritize in our social initiative programmes. Our belief is that if the children experience that a better life is possible, maybe when they grow up they will look for an improvement of the own living conditions,” noted Rolando Satzke, Head of Bayer HealthCare East and Middle Africa.

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The renovated sanitation block

“We are also looking into ways in which Bayer CropScience can also contribute to Baba Dogo School in the areas of nutrition and agriculture,” noted Eric Bureau, Managing Director and Head of CropScience Bayer East Africa. “We will be assessing what kind of basic nutrients are missing in their rationing and try to develop a food program to improve the food quality”, he added.

The most recent project was renovating the sanitation block which all the pupils use and donating sanitary towels to the girls in the upper primary through the support of Bayer female colleagues who came together and contributed for the sanitary towels. Through the renovated sanitation block- fully fitted with new tiles, new toilet bowls and clean running water, the pupils will now be able to maintain hygiene and learn best practices which they will replicate in their homes and also live by in their future lives.

“We are working closely with RUBICOM [Ruaraka Business Community) and other development partners to provide a holistic development to Baba Dogo [School] in the coming years”, said Anthony Maina, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen,” he concluded.

Support for High-quality Vegetable Seeds

Bayer supports access to high-quality vegetable seeds for smallholder farmers in Ethiopia

  • Collaboration with the non-profit organization “Fair Planet”
  • Training for farmers with minimal changes to traditional practices


Bayer has signed a cooperation with the non-profit organization “Fair Planet” and will participate in the “Bridging the Seed Gap” project in Ethiopia. The project is designed to provide new opportunities to smallholder farmers. The signing took place on 12th February 2016 in Dire Dawa, a city to the east of the capital Addis Ababa, in the presence of stakeholders from the Ethiopian government, Haramaya University and farmers.

From left to right; Sahel Refai – Area Sales Manager BVS Middle East and East Africa, Dr. Shoshan Haran  - Founder and Operations Manager, Fair Planet and Ben Depraetere – Managing Director and Country Head – Bayer CropScience Ethiopia PLC.Zoom image
From left to right; Sahel Refai – Area Sales Manager BVS Middle East and East Africa, Dr. Shoshan Haran - Founder and Operations Manager, Fair Planet and Ben Depraetere – Managing Director and Country Head – Bayer CropScience Ethiopia PLC.

The “Bridging the Seed Gap” project is a unique and long-term technology transfer process established by Fair Planet in collaboration with leading global vegetable seed companies, national and international stakeholders such as governments, universities and farmers’ unions, and public and private donors. The project gives smallholder farmers facilitated access to seed of high-quality vegetable varieties that are suitable for their needs. At the same time, it supplies training to the farmers on how to use these seeds with minimal changes to their traditional production practices. Trained farmers will have better prospects of growing and selling significant crop yields and will benefit from economic growth.


Bayer will participate at all four project locations through its Vegetable Seeds organization. In addition to Dire Dawa, similar projects are being developed in Harar, Butajira and Gondar. During the 2016 growing seasons, selected varieties from the Nunhems tomato, hot pepper and onion range will be tested in variety and cultivation trials. In 2017, the best-performing varieties from Bayer and the other vegetable seed companies will be cultivated by selected smallholder farmers who will demonstrate the advantages to other farmers in their own villages and regions.


“Access to high-quality vegetable seed varieties and know-how is essential to improve the economic growth of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia,” explains Vicente Navarro, Managing Director M&S of Vegetable Seeds. “But this can only be successful with a holistic approach and through collaboration. We believe in the setup that Fair Planet has created. We will leverage local empowerment with our seeds and knowledge.”


Adds Dr. Shoshan Haran, Founder and Operations Manager of Fair Planet, “With our project that was established in collaboration with leading vegetable seed companies, we aim to improve the quality of life of smallholder farmers through access to high quality seed and by showing improved cultivation techniques with minimal changes to traditional practices. We are extremely pleased that Bayer is joining our open aid platform, which is a unique phenomenon in the vegetable seed industry. By connecting local authorities, universities, farmers’ unions with smallholder farmers and with the support of global seed companies; we can bridge the seed gap.”

Rabbit Project launched to help raise fees for needy pupils

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Bayer East Africa launched a Rabbit Keeping CSR project at Inkisanjani Primary School in Oloitoktok Sub County in Kajiado County on 24th November 2015. The project aims to address the plight of the Maasai child and ultimately empowering the Maasai community in Inkisanjani Village.

The Maasai are an indigenous community found in Narok and Kajiado Counties in Kenya. They are pastoralist community in semi-permanent settlement of several families pasturing their stock together. They are vulnerable to harsh weather conditions and climatic changes being felt in Kenya. Children being most affected. Inkisanjani Village is no different; many children both boys and girls drop out from school to assist in various domestic chores. Many girls are taken through female genital mutilation (FGM) and married off very young to very old men.

Inkisanjani Primary School is the only primary school within a radius of 30kms and has a population of 1,100 pupils. “The biggest challenge here is school drop outs, when schools close for holiday, many pupils do not come back,” explains the head teacher. “Many pupils do not continue with secondary education as they are left to graze their families’ livestock and assist in the markets. We have a neighbouring secondary school with school fees of thirteen thousand [shillings] per year but most parents cannot afford,” he adds.

Rabbit keeping is a simple and self-sustaining project. Rabbits are efficient in space utilization hence ideal for any environment, they are light feeders and thus cheap to maintain. Rabbit meat is of high nutritional value and the market is largely available. The project will engage standard seven pupils who will take care of the rabbits under close supervision of their teachers and the school attendant.

“We have partnered with a Rabbit Keeping Organization that has provided the mature breeders and will provide all extension services going forward. The organization will also provide training and ready market for the mature bunnies,” explains Anthony Maina, Head of CSR Bayer East Africa. “From our mathematics, each pupil in the project will be able to raise a substantial amount to help raise initial school fees when joining secondary school,” he adds.

The project will leverage on Bayer’s Animal Health technology and will aim at providing a long lasting solution. Parents will support their children and allow them to go to school because of the benefits from the project - the initial secondary school fees for their pupils. Most parents for the lower primary school pupils will also support the children and will look forward to be part of the project, hence reducing the dropout rate. The project will also motivate the pupils to finish primary school education and pursue secondary education since initial secondary school fees will be available.

“Our ultimate objective is to provide an overarching solution that not only reduces the school dropout rates, but also provides a new economic opportunity for the Inkisanjani community”, explains Eric Bureau MD Bayer East Africa. “We hope that many pupils and parents will also adopt rabbit keeping and implement the same back at their homes,” he concludes.

Bayer will continue to monitor and provide support for the next one year. The school administration and the local community leaders have pledged their goodwill and are committed to support the project even after the exit of Bayer as the sponsor of the project.

Crop Science

Crop Science Division, with its highly effective products, pioneering innovations and keen customer focus, holds unequaled leadership positions in crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The Division also has major activities in seeds and crop plants with genetically optimized properties. In the region, it is structured into Crop Protection and Environmental Science units.

Areas of Speciality Include:

  • High value seeds – vegetables, rice and OSR/Canola
  • Innovative chemical and biological crop protection solutions
  • Services for modern and sustainable agriculture.
Bayer East Africa Managing Director and Head of Bayer CropScience – East Africa Eric Bureau (right) together with other dignitaries during a recent product launch event held in October 2015. As an inventor company, Bayer is continuously researching to provide customers with latest solutions for different problems.Zoom image
Bayer East Africa Managing Director and Head of Bayer CropScience – East Africa Eric Bureau (right) together with other dignitaries during a recent product launch event held in October 2015. As an inventor company, Bayer is continuously researching to provide customers with latest solutions for different problems.

We are driven by the saying ‘Head of a scientist’ and “Heart of a farmer’ in bringing innovation and solutions to customers at local conditions, by combining local knowledge and global expertise to help farmers.

The Division has business operations in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda where we partner with distributors, farmers, farmer organizations and governments to ensure food security. We are a market leader with solutions in all the major crops in the region including flowers, cereals (wheat, barley), maize, fruits, industrial crops (coffee, sugarcane) and vegetables with innovative solutions comprising of modern fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, Hybrid seeds and services (Seed treatment, agronomic advice). Our sales agents remain very close to our customers so as to know the problems of the farmers in detail and provide the necessary expertise and services.

The Animal Health Business Unit (EA) works closely with the Crop Science Division to provide complete solutions to farmers. The Unit supports the health of animals – companion animals and farm animals – by offering a range of innovative therapies and solutions.

The Division is the regional representation in East Africa with offices in; Kenya (Bayer East Africa Ltd., Nairobi) Ethiopia (Bayer Trade Rep Office, Addis Ababa) and Tanzania (Bayer Life Science Tanzania Ltd., Dare salaam).

Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Health

Head of Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Health – East Africa Rolando Satzke presenting IEC materials to the Minister for Health – Kenya Hon. James Macharia in April 2015. The IEC materials detailed the causes and prevention of cholera and were distributed to major hospitals in the country for free.Zoom image
Head of Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Health – East Africa Rolando Satzke presenting IEC materials to the Minister for Health – Kenya Hon. James Macharia in April 2015. The IEC materials detailed the causes and prevention of cholera and were distributed to major hospitals in the country for free.

Bayer health care business is among the world’s leading innovators in the field of pharmaceuticals and medical products. It aims to research, develop, manufacture and market innovative products that improve the health of people throughout the world.

This Division has two operating Units: Pharmaceuticals which focuses on prescription products, especially for women’s healthcare and cardiology, and also on specialty therapeutics in the areas of oncology and antibiotics, and Consumer Health which brings consumers some of the world’s best-known and most trusted over-the-counter (OTC) medications, nutritional supplements and other self-care products. The Divison is a significant business unit and oversees business operations in more than 10 countries is east and middle Africa. It comprises the Radiology Business Unit which markets contrast-enhanced diagnostic imaging equipment together with the necessary contrast agents.

Areas of Speciality Include:

  • Reproductive Health products
  • None Communicable diseases products
  • General/Primary health products
  • Diagnostics and X-ray Media products

With our innovative products, we seek to achieve a significant therapeutic benefit for patients, while at the same time satisfying the growing requirements of physicians and health insurers.

CSR

Bayer staff giving out sanitary towels to girls in Baba Dogo Primary School in September 2015.
Mary Appophia and Zablon Samba, Kenyan university students who attended the global Ag-Youth Summit in Australia in August 2015 supported by Bayer.
Some of the patients who were treated for fistula from a previous fistula camp in West Pokot County in November 2014.
Bayer East Africa football team in a friendly match with the German Embassy Team at the German School in May 2015
Some of the Bayer East Africa staff at the third highest point of Mt. Kenya in 2014 as a way of raising awareness on healthy living.
Pupils of Inkisanjani Primary School, Oloitoktok, Kajiado County holding their rabbits. The project is helping needy pupils raise school fees for their secondary school education.
Water points at the main entrance of the Kenyatta National Hospital to provide clean water for drinking and hand washing.

In executing its mandate, Bayer East Africa is committed to fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities (CSR) as a responsible corporate citizen to the broader society, to contribute to economic and social development while improving the quality of life. We aim at contributing to society’s future viability and creating value in diverse ways. Within the scope of our social commitment, we make targeted strategic investments in the areas of agriculture, health, youth empowerment, science and education. This commitment is an integral element of Bayer’s corporate policy.

Community Empowerment: As a responsible corporate citizen, we are committed to supporting the needy communities in Kenya. Our Rabbit keeping project at Inkisanjani Primary School in Oloitoktok, Kajiado County is helping the Maasai community learn about Rabbit keeping as a feasible economic activity and also raising school fees for standard 8 pupils for their secondary school education. Through the project, members of the Inkisanjani community have now embraced commercial rabbit farming and school drop outs have significantly reduced.

Women Health: Obstetric Fistula remains a great impediment to the dignity of womankind. It is a childbirth injury caused by prolonged, unrelieved obstructed labour that renders a woman incontinent – an injury that can only be treated through surgery. At Bayer, we believe no woman should endure a life of isolation simply for bringing a child into this world. Through our ‘Restoring the dignity of an African Woman’ programme in partnership with AMREF Kenya, we provide surgeries to fistula patients for free. So far, more than 200 women from West Pokot and Kajiado counties have been treated and their social pride restored.

Environment Conservation: We strive to play our part in the well-being of the society and commit to protect the environment, recognizing that our business operations may have an impact on the natural world. By supporting the annual Rhino Charge event in Kenya, we contribute towards the conservation and protection of Kenya’s mountain range ecosystems, the so-called “Water Towers”.

Education: Sustainability for us means assurance of long-term success within a stable economic, social and natural environment. We believe that with the values we have established, and the policies and business practices developed from these, we are well prepared for the move towards sustainability. By supporting Baba Dogo Primary School, we enhance the learning environment and support access to basic education. At Baba Dogo, we have already renovated the special unit classrooms and pupils’ toilets, and provide free sanitary towels to the girls through a termly programme.

Youth Empowerment: We understand that the success of any society is deeply rooted in youth empowerment, and that the future of such is determined by the role the young people play today. Through our annual international exchange programmes, we aim to nurture the next generation of leaders. The annual Bayer Fellowship programme seeks to empower enthusiastic students and young professionals who seek financial support for a study project in Life Science; Biology, Chemistry, Medicine/Health or related fields in Germany while the bi-annual Bayer Ag-Youth Summit provides the rare opportunity for young and hungry minds from around the world to meet, all expenses paid for, and share their ideas and develop a plan of action on how to enhance food security. These programmes seek to improve the quality of our youth by exposing them to the international community so they can learn and borrow best practises. These programmes present to the Kenyan University students the rare opportunity to travel the world on a mission to becoming better leaders, of today and tomorrow.
Sanitation: As a research based company with a strong Pharmaceuticals portfolio, we are committed to making a valuable contribution towards good health practises in Kenya. To promote hygiene and reduce the spread of infectious diseases, we have constructed clean water points at the main entrance and exit of the Kenyatta National Hospital. The clean water points are a source of clean drinking water and promote hand washing to more than 20,000 patients and visitors that visit Kenyatta National Hospital every day.

Reproductive Health: Reproductive Health is an integral aspect of a country’s population control and development. By working with a range of partners, we aim towards the goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights including family planning and ultimately contributing to the development of the Kenyan Society. Our ‘Young Adolescent Project’ in Kilifi, in collaboration with DSW is empowering the youth by training them on reproductive health and rights. The project supports peer education among young adolescents on sexual health and creates a conducive social environment for effective communication between the adolescents and adults. We also support the annual World Contraception Day in different parts of Kenya.

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Contacts

Bayer East Africa Limited
Thika Super Highway/Outering Road Junction
Tel: +254 20 8600000
Email: info7f2a18fadf2c497fa9ccbd4ab69a335e.ke@bbbafa6a88a34093993569d282341222bayer.com
P.O. Box 30321 – 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
www.east-africa.bayer.com

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