The New Bill Looking to Stop the Shed of Kenya’s Coffee Profits

Bringing more profits to coffee growers

Exports of Kenya’s Arabica coffee variety are fetching top dollar on the international market, but payments to farmers per kilogram of coffee cherry have continued to decline.

During the launch of the national coffee revitalization progress report last week, Peter Munya, cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives announced the ministry’s intention to introduce new reforms to the sub sector aimed at “improving efficiency, performance and earnings to farmers” and “increasing international sales”.

Muyna also discussed the potential impacts of the  Coffee Bill 2021 currently undergoing public participation by the National Assembly.

According the Xinhua, under the new bill, marketing agents that have been doubling up as some coffee buyers will be outlawed in coffee business and coffee growers will be given more agency in the processing, trading, sale and payments for their coffee. It will also identify the root cause of disparity in the high earnings of Kenya’s Arabica coffee in the export markets and the low prices paid to farmers.

Kenya’s coffee industry provides a livelihood for over 800,000 households and more than five million people. Kenyan coffee is also grown on approximately 120,000 hectares spread across 33 counties. Bringing equality to the coffee growing industry is essential for equitable development.

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