Twiga Foods Lays off Employees

Hundreds if not thousands of Kenyan workers are set to become jobless as Twiga Foods begins its restructuring program.

Twiga Foods

In the middle of a ravaging drought and increasing costs of production, Twiga Foods is taking measures to reduce operating costs and minimize losses. One of the actions they have taken recently to reduce costs is by laying-off employees.

After the famous Kenyan activist Cyprian Nyakundi raised the flag last week, the e-commerce and food distribution start-up announced a fresh round of layoffs.

The B2B tech company received a Hustler Fund loan of KSH 300 million towards the end of 2022, but it was not enough to meet the company’s expenses as the harsh economy keeps biting start-ups and SMEs.

“As part of these efficiency interventions, the company has reviewed its operating model and costs to ensure its organization structure are fit for purpose,” Twiga Foods said in a statement on Saturday.

“Regrettably, this exercise has seen the company declare some roles redundant across the organisation in full compliance with applicable labour laws,” the company added without disclosing how many jobs would be affected.

Twiga Foods acts as an agricultural intermediary by providing an online and physical platform where agricultural producers and manufacturers connect with retailers.

In March this year, Twiga Foods partnered with the Kenyan government to oversee maize production on 20,000 acres of the Galana-Kulalu food security project under a public-private partnership. The project is yet to show any positive results as the company continues to dismiss workers.

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