20 October 2015
Roma verso Expo
The ‘Roma verso Expo’ event closes with the African country of Kenya

Coffee, tea, flowers, but also the natural sight of the savannahs, tropical beaches, coral reefs and rainforests, as well as the diversity of animal species and cultures. Kenya, from today until 31 October, displays its crowning glories in Terminal 3 - Departures at Fiumicino Airport, as part of the “Roma verso Expo” project.

The exhibition ‘Kenya introduces itself’ was opened in the presence of the Kenyan Ambassador in Italy, Josephine W. Gaita and the Americas & Africa Route Manager of Aeroporti di Roma, Marco Gobbi.

“Kenya,” said Gobbi, “is the last of the 35 countries that the event Roma Verso Expo, promoted by Roma Capitale and Expo Milano 2015, has hosted this year at Fiumicino, the main gateway to the country, and in the capital, which has achieved great success. We have no direct connecting flights between Rome and Kenya, but over 100,000 passengers travel every year between Italy and Kenya, which is one of Africa’s countries with the greatest potential: a significant prospective which we must absolutely stimulate and recover. This long path leaves us with the awareness that there must be a right to food for the whole world and for future generations’’.

The exhibition space aims to invite visitors to explore the areas dedicated to tourism, crafts and agricultural and gastronomic production with photos, videos and products of craftsmanship and the agro-food industry.

Kenya, home of the Safari, is not only a tourist destination, having implemented major economic reforms that have triggered significant progress, improving the country's way of doing business and the economy.

Agriculture is a highly developed industry: in fact, not only is it the driving force of the Kenyan economy, but it is also a means of livelihood for the majority of the population. It includes the production of crops used in manufacturing industrial products and for food, horticulture, animal husbandry, fishing and forestry. The production of crops and horticulture represent 76.5% of the domestic GDP, followed by animal husbandry with 4.9%.

The products include: Kenyan coffee stands out for its pronounced sweetness and strong character and its intense aromatic notes, its extraordinarily rich flavour and its dry, vinous aftertaste; Kenyan tea is famous for being rich in aroma and flavour, qualities given to it by the volcanic soil on which the high altitude plantations are spread. Strict production quality controls ensure the quality that makes Kenyan tea so popular. No pesticides nor chemical products are used on the plantations.