The Productive Sector Department carries out research and policy analysis to support government efforts in enhancing the productivity of Kenya’s economy. It organizes its research along three primary sectors of the economy, namely; Agriculture, Tourism, and Natural Resources and Environment, which are further broken down into flexible research and knowledge areas. These include, but not limited to, agribusiness, livelihoods, food security, climate change, oil, gas and mining, tourism demand and competitiveness.

The research is informed by policy priorities spelt out in Kenya Vision 2030 and related sectoral development strategies in the various sub-sectors. Capacity building activities for both the public and private sector are carried out including the Young Professionals programme. In addition, the department participates in several government taskforces and technical working committees.