The TIP(The International Phytosanitary) Conference

12th-16th September 2016
KEPHIS headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

Platinum Partner

Republic of Kenya

Diamond Partners

Kenya will for the first time host an International Plant Health Conference in September 2016, where delegates from all across the world will gather to discuss matters pertinent and emerging in plant health. The event is slated from the 12th- 16th September at KEPHIS headquarters in Nairobi and is expected to bring together about 100 delegates. KEPHIS is the National Plant Protection Organization of Kenya.


  • To provide an opportunity for the NPPOs of Africa to share achievements and challenges.
  • To provide the NPPOs with opportunities to create linkages and promote market access within Africa.
  • To identify potential areas of cooperation on plant health regulation at regional and international levels.

Why Attend?

  • A unique opportunity for phytosanitary experts from across the world to share their experiences, challenges and concerns in one venue
  • To discuss pertinent emerging phytosanitary issues such as pests and diseases, trade and plant exports
  • Kenya hosts the internationally acclaimed Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) that has hosted hundreds of students from across the world and is domiciled at KEPHIS. This is a chance for more learning and engagements.
  • Kenya is a leading exporter of some of the best horticultural produce to the world. The country exports world class flowers, fruits and vegetables. This is an important opportunity to share the country’s expertise with others thereby promote global trade.

Conference Venue
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is the host of the 2016 International Phytosanitary Conference in Africa. As Kenya’s National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), it is tasked with protecting Kenya’s agriculture from pests and diseases that would cause adverse effects on the environment, the economy and human health. Its mandate also includes seed certification, protection of plant varieties and analyses of agricultural inputs through internationally accredited laboratories.

Located in Karen, Nairobi, KEPHIS is approximately 22 kilometres from the city centre. The campus comprises lush green scenery and vegetation and has conference facilities that can host up to 100 delegates. The venue has hosted numerous international conferences and delegates from all over Africa and the world.

KEPHIS headquarters in brief:

  • Kenya’s National Plant Protection Organization(NPPO)
  • Conference facilities that can host up to 100 delegates
  • Affordable half board accommodation(KES 3500 local; USD 35 international)
  • World class cuisine
  • Available high speed wifi and ICT room
  • Warm and friendly staff
  • Easy access to supermarkets and malls, banking facilities and entertainment venues

The Conference has been organized by KEPHIS in collaboration and the Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE).

Thematic Areas

  • Import control and quarantine regulations
  • Pest surveillance in phytosanitary systems
  • Pest diagnostic in plant quarantine regulation
  • Export phytosanitary certification systems
  • Application of Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) in plant health decision making
  • Technology and innovation in phytosanitary systems
  • Communication in phytosanitary systems

Cost per participant
The cost is KES 50,000(USD500). This includes lunch and coffee breaks, abstract, proceedings, field visits and stationery.

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Kenya, The Host Country
Located in East Africa and off the Indian Ocean, Kenya is a country of immense natural beauty, breathtaking wildlife, white, sandy beaches, coral reefs, mountains, hills and the Great Rift Valley, savannas and lakes, hospitable people and diverse cultures.
Kenya is the gateway to east and central Africa through the Port of Mombasa.
Referred to as the Cradle of Mankind, it is home to middle and long distance running, the annual wildebeest migration and the only country in the world that boasts of a national park in its capital city.  It is also home to the Big Five, i.e. The Lion, African Elephant, Buffalo, African Leopard and White/Black Rhinoceros and the small five, ie the rhinoceros beetle, Buffalo weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise and the Ant Lion.
It is home to Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain, and the only mountain on the equator with snow on it.
Kenya is the largest producer and exporter of black tea and exports some of the best flowers, fruits and vegetables to world markets.
Our world famous athletes dominate the major world marathons and middle and long distance running, breaking records in the process.
Kenya is also home to mpesa, the phenomenal mobile money transfer system and other mobile innovations.

The Host City, Nairobi
Nairobi is the financial, technological, social, economic and gateway hub of east and central Africa. In 2016, it has been ranked among the 20 most successful cities in the world for its innovation, livability and capacity to reinvent itself. This was according to a report by the City Momentum Index (CMI) complied by a professional services and investment management company Jones Lang LaSalle.

It is vibrant, multi-cultural city that hosts multinational companies and organizations, including many United Nations bodies. It is home to international hotel, brands and establishments. It’s population currently stands at 3 million.

Its name comes from a Maasai word which means a place of cool water.

Where to Visit in Nairobi
Nairobi National Park
It is the only wildlife park in the world where free ranging wildlife are next to humans and the onlyprotected wildlife area in the world bordering a capital city. Attractions include the black rhino and the white rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffalos, giraffe, zebra and many species of birds. Other attractions here include the Nairobi Safari Walk, the animal orphanage and the walking trails of hippo pools.

Kenyatta International Convention Centre
The public can travel up the interior of the conference centre tower up to the 27thfloor  and up the final 3 floors of stairs and get a bird’s eye view of the City of Nairobi. It has a helipad on the top tier of the tower.

Maasai Market
It is an open air market where African artifacts, jewellery, handicrafts, baskets, sculptures and souvenirs are sold. It is held in designated areas every week.

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