Kenya - 2.6 Storage Assessment


National Cereals and Produce Board (​NCPB) is​​ one of the institutions that offers ​storage​​ facilities in Kenya​​​. ​​​NCPB is​​ ​​(state corporation), a Statutory Board under the Ministry of Agriculture​​ and ​​​Livestock​​​ ​​​Development​​. ​​NCPB was established by merging ​​ ​​​of The Maize and Produce Board and The Wheat Board on 1st July 1979.​ In 1985 NCPB was made a corporate body through enactment of NCPB Act CAP 338.  

​​​The NCPB plays a significant role in Kenya, as an agent of the government in the procurement, management, distribution, and sale of Strategic Food Reserves (SFR) and famine relief stocks. The Board also handles subsidized fertilizer on behalf of the government, and trades commercially in grains, provides grain post-harvest services, deals in farm inputs like seeds, and offers clearing and forwarding services.​ 

​​​Storage facilities in terms of capacity are generally not a problem in Kenya as the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) have conventional warehouses, both in the producing agricultural ​​​ ​​​counties ​​as well as the more ​​​​​​food deficit counties​​ areas, these conventional warehouses are present at ​​​​​​103​ ​​​locations across Kenya.​​ The storage facilities by NCPB are complemented by privately owned warehouses that are strategically spread in the country.​​​​  

​​​NCPB is endowed with storage facilities that customers can access through ​​leasing ​​contracts​​, Warehousing Receipt System (WRS), and establishing ​​ ​​partnerships.​​​ The​​re ​​ are two ​​​types​​ of facilities​​: ​​​ ​​​Conventional stores for bagged grain or other commodities​​​ and ​​Silo bins for storage of ​​ ​​​bulk ​​grain​​.​​​​  

​​​Grain handling through the silos is​​ mechanized​​ and fitted with a ​​weighbridge. The cost ​​of h​​handling ​​range between Kshs 100 to 200 per metric tonne and weighing is Kshs 500 ​​per truck​​.  ​​There are rail sidings at all silo complexes (Nairobi, Nakuru, Narok, Eldoret, Kitale, Moi's Bridge, Bungoma and Kisumu) and at most major conventional stores.​​  

​​NCPB provides fumigation and spraying services ​​on a commercial​​ basis and are experienced and well equipped to handle, store, and use chemicals ​​approved by ​​the Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) in Nairobi. NCPB facilities are also equipped with wooden pallets, firefighting equipment, tarpaulins, conveyors, adequate man-power and spacious storage yards that can be used to construct/erect Mobile Storage Units on request.  


Storage Facilities owned by the National Cereals and Produce Board in Kenya per County. 





For more information on NCPB storage company contact details, please use the following link:

National Cereals & Produce Board (NCPB) 
Nafaka House, Machakos Rd., Industrial Area 
Box 30586-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya 
Telephone: 555288/6536026/0722205756. 
Fax: 020 -557622 

Email address is


Private Sector Storage 

Due to the country’s main agricultural focus and large aid presence, warehouse capacity throughout the country should not pose a challenge. Many NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and Aid Organizations use both private and public contractors to address their storage needs. 

Temporary storage facilities such as Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) should always be considered as an option during emergencies. 

Warehouses are currently used by WFP (World Food Programme) and its Cooperating Partners in the field. 

​​​     ​​​Location​​​​​ 

​​​Capacity (MT (Metric Tonnes))​​​​ 



​​​Mombasa Kilindini​​​​ 

​​​             30,000 ​​​​ 




​​​               5,600 ​​​​ 




​​​               5,850 ​​​​ 



​​​IFO Section N​​​​ 

​​​               6,500 ​​​​ 



​​​IFO 2​​​​ 

​​​               3,600 ​​​​ 



​​​Kakuma main​​​​ 

​​​               3,600 ​​​​ 



​​​Kakuma EDP (Extended Delivery Points) 3​​​​ 

​​​               3,600 ​​​​ 




​​​               4,650 ​​​​ 




​​​               4,000 ​​​​ 




​​​               4,200 ​​​​ 

​​​  1.751677°​​​​ 

​​​ 40.055199°​​​​ 


​​​               4,000 ​​​​ 




​​​               3,000 ​​​​ 




​​​               4,200 ​​​​ 


​​​ 41.850998°​​​​ 


​​​               2,250 ​​​​ 

​​​3.408932° ​​​​ 



​​​               1,800 ​​​​ 



​​​ICC Nairobi​​​​ 

​​​             10,800 ​​​​ 



​​​TNL Nairobi​​​​ 

​​​             12,000 ​​​​ 




​​​                  450 ​​​​ 




​​​                  450 ​​​​ 




​​​               4,000 ​​​​ 




​​​                  450 ​​​​ 




​​​                  450 ​​​​ 




​​​                  450 ​​​​ 

​​​ ​​​​ 

​​​ ​​​​ 


​​​               4,000 ​​​​ 




​​​               4,000 ​​​​ 




​​​Kenya is known as one of the biggest exporters of cut flowers in the world, accounting for 38% of imports into the European Union (EU). While this strategic industry has developed advanced cold chain systems, ​​those established for other temperature-controlled foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy have been more ad-hoc. There is a need for specific links within the cold chains from postharvest to retail, including knowledge of scalable designs and technology. The cold chain opportunities in Kenya include pre-cooling, refrigerated storage, and refrigerated transport.​​​​ 

​​​There are three key issues limiting cold chain performance: (1) Insufficient cold chain capacity. (2) Lack of the latest technology or ‘optimal’ equipment. (3) Inadequate temperature monitoring and maintenance systems.​​ ​​The performance of cold chains has been hampered by massive quantities of outdated equipment, which fails to provide the protective benefit of more recent designs. Refrigerated facilities are available in the main commercial hubs in Kenya. In an emergency renting refrigerated trucks to face their needs seems to be the best option.​​ 

​​​Private owned Cold Chain facilities​​ 



​​​NB. There are other private warehouses in Major Hubs that can be leased on demand basis.​​ 

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