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    DYNAMIC AND FLEXIBLE

    To support a fair and predictable trading environment

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    DIVERSE AND TRANSPARENT

    To ensure market sustainability

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    DEPENDABLE AND CARING

    To ensure food security from farmer to consumer

Cereal Millers Association

Home of the Grain Millers in Kenya

WHO WE ARE

We are Reliable

“The Cereal Millers Association is an association that represents the grain milling industry comprising of varied wheat, maize, and other cereals millers in Kenya”

CMA was established in the year 2000 and officially registered in 2007. We currently have a membership that comprises of more than 35 large grain milling companies and still growing. CMA represents about 40% of total grain milling capacity for maize in Kenya and over 80% of the wheat milling capacity. We reach over 10 million consumers of maize flour and over 30 million consumers of wheat flour. Our members operate mills in Mombasa, Machakos, Mwingi, Kitui, Nairobi, Thika, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Kitale, Kisumu, amongst others.

The Cereal Millers Association was formed with the objective of dealing with policy issues in relation to the Government. Of particular importance then was to lobby against high wheat import duties, address problems faced with cyclical maize shortages and to lobby for a liberalized maize and wheat market. Today the Cereal Millers places more emphasis on the provision of safe and affordable food for our consumers.

Our Vision

We are Responsible for Food Security by...

“Providing safe, affordable and adequate food to our Consumers”

CMA members have endeavored to serve a growing number of its consumers of more than 30 million, by providing safe food and affordable. The CMA is very concerned about Aflatoxins found in maize and its impact on health. For the last 8 years the CMA has been self-regulating in the fight against aflatoxins. Members have now moved to a proficiency Testing system APTECA whereby our results are verified by a 3rd party to ensure that we are on the right path. Our members were the first to start the food fortification programme in Kenya in 2010.

Our Mission

We Redefine the Sector by…

“Ensuring we have an efficient and transparent grain milling industry in Kenya and East Africa”

CMA has endeavored to address through consultation and collaborating with industry stakeholders, the potential business uncertainties in the milling industry which are detrimental to our members. CMA members are compliant with all rules and regulations prescribed by the government including the AFFA requirements, the anti-competitive laws (Act) of Competition Authority of Kenya among other laws

CMA Objects

Our Resolve is…

  • To create a non- political, non -profit making forum for millers and traders of maize, wheat, rice and other cereal crops;
  • To provide for the formation and exchange of views on the growing, buying, processing and trading of cereal crops in Kenya and East Africa;
  • To advise the National and County Governments of Kenya and any other East Africa Countries or local authorities or otherwise, or any person or company on measures considered by the Association to be necessary for the establishment, development and supporting of the farming and milling industry in the region;
  • To represent our members in dealings and negotiations with cereal farmers, buyers, exporters, importers, marketers, Government and its agencies for the benefit and protection of the interest of our members;.
  • To advocate for our members to receive fair treatment in issues related to legislation, regulation, importation and taxation regimes and create a more robust collective bargaining power in the grain industry.
Focus On Growth

We are Resilient…

CMA has a focus on expanding our reach and become a powerful regional voice of reason for the cereal millers in East Africa. We target to include the medium and large scale cereal millers, grain traders, consumers’ federation and related registered associations to support our mission of creating a robust and efficient grain milling industry in East Africa. These partnerships and linkages with key industry stakeholders, the Government and agencies, and international counterparts form a very important component of our success.

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CMA Members
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Maize Farmers
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Wheat Farmers

Our Members & Partners

They make us.

Our Team

We make it happen.
John Doe

Mr. Nick Hutchinson

Chairperson
Unga Limited
Nairobi
Nix Maxwell

Mr. Mohamed Islam

Vice-Chairperson
Mombasa Maize Millers Llimited
Mombasa
Josh Clark

Mr. Kamaldeep Phull

Secretary
Maisha Flour Mills Limited
Nanyuki
Josh Clark

Mr. Mitesh Patel

Assistant Secretary
Kabansora Millers Limited
Nairobi
Josh Clark

Mr. Bimal Shah

Treasurer
Bakex Limited
Thika
Josh Clark

Mr. Aneez Lalji

Assistant Treasurer
Uzuri Food Limited
Nairobi
Josh Clark

Mrs. Paloma Fernandes

Chief Executive Officer
Secretariat
Nairobi
Josh Clark

Mr. Stephen Ogallo

Operations Officer
Secretariat
Nairobi

“We provide more opportunities and services aimed at increasing value to our members and ensure vitality and relevance of our core business”

Our Services

Our core business.

Advocacy and Lobbying

CMA was formed to enable the grain milling industry speak with one voice. We provide relevant industry services to our members, government, policy-makers, traders, suppliers and customers. CMA provides the required leadership to its members in functions which are suitable for the growth of the industry to manage. We aim to continue advancing independent, fact-based dialogue and advocacy for our members by assessing the emerging and potential inhibitors to trade, both on a local and international basis. CMA supports the government’s efforts (both national and county) of ensuring that trade is not impacted by technical and economic barriers that may arise via legislative actions. We have cordial relations with various Government ministries such as the Ministry of Agriculture; The National Treasury; Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives; Ministry of Health and other Government departments.

Policy Framework Development

CMA on behalf of its members has since grown from simply lobbying against high wheat import duties, problems faced with cyclical maize shortages, push for maize and wheat liberalized grain markets, to formulating public policy that facilitate proper engagement. CMA has endeavoured to create more awareness of the safety of GM food and cost benefits of using GM technology and advocate for lifting of GM Ban to allow importation. We also push for the government to allow for duty free importation of yellow maize releasing at least 3million bags for human consumption. We are responsible for setting appropriate policy and processes with valuable support by our members and other industry stakeholders. Our members depend on CMA to continually reassess and develop additional capacity with a goal of creating an operating environment for the commercial grain industry that is efficient, effective and transparent

Grain Market Research

A well informed CMA will make decisions based on sound data and research. Key strategies include;

  • Conduct analysis of the trading environment and indicate the achievements and develop technical submissions on market access for grain in domestic, regional and international markets..
  • Have constant interactions and continued information sharing with key sector of the government including the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF), Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Ministry of Finance and the EAC etc to ensure a harmonized approach to commercial activities across the board.
  • Advocate for substantial reduction and elimination of trade disputes that distort the support and protection for the milling sector.

CMA together with the Ministry of Agriculture and NCPB and other research and learning institutions such as Tegemeo Institute and ILRI have shared information that has helped grow the industry.

Training and Capacity Development

CMA ensures that our members are acquainted with the new international industry developments and other continuous improvement initiatives. CMA facilitates such initiatives for its members to improve professionalism, and enhance value added capacity building to the members’ organizations. CMA through its various mechanisms allows professionals from its membership to represent the association in different forums. This helps to adopt learning opportunities and share innovative trade processes necessary for building an understanding of various emerging industry technologies from producers to trade intermediaries to consumers. Such include but are not limited to the following:

  • Safety, Quality and Environmental Compliance Training
  • Good Corporate governance workshop
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
  • Crisis Management
  • Ethics and Accountability while dealing with the public
  • Media Orientation and Communications Training
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Grain Market Survey and Information Dissemination

Safety and Quality Assurance Programs

Food Safety is paramount for CMA members. We have collaborated with local and International Organizations provide industry guidance on such issues relating grain quality and Aflatoxin control programmes. US based Texas A&M AgriLife Research, pioneered the APTECA (Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing for Eastern and Central Africa (APTECA) programme to help manage the economic and food safety risk of Aflatoxin contamination. This has been achieved through reduction of the variability of Aflatoxin test results; proficiency testing; use of laboratory control samples; and third party verification. CMA members have benefited from these services through access to real-time and accurate information about the level of Aflatoxin and the challenges associated with sampling and testing of maize and their flour products.

Government Regulations

CMA has ensured that we consistently and professionally represent stakeholders in the milling industry in discussing and setting Government policy. We advocate for the review and adoption of favourable industry local and international standards, rules, regulations and legislations. This has had greater commercial impact to our members by ensuring local standards, rules and regulations and reference methods are harmonised with international standards and applied across the board. Some of the Key Legislations include;

  • The Food Security Act 2014
  • AFFA Act 2013
  • Crop Act 2013
  • Food Crop Act 2015
  • Customs Rules (EAC, COMESA & KRA)
  • KEBS Standards
  • Commodity Exchange
  • Warehouse Receipting Services
  • GMO Regulations
  • Related County Government Issues

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