History of the Exchange


Agriculture and related activities are the main source of income and 60 percent of employment for over 80 percent of Kenyans. The sector accounts for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The Government of Kenya (GoK) depends for about 45% of its revenue from this sector. Agriculture also makes up more than 50% of the country’s export earnings. Accordingly, the GoK has placed a great deal of importance and due attention to the development of agriculture in Kenya. To address the growth and development challenges of the sector, the GoK has expressed a strong policy commitment to supporting the establishment of a public-private sector-led National Commodities Exchange (“the Exchange”). The Exchange will materially impact on the livelihoods of millions of Kenya’s smallholder producers and other actors, in both agricultural and non-agricultural commodity value chains, and the agricultural development led industrialization.

Structure of a COMEX

Proposed Structure of KOMEX