Coffee's share of exports falls five-fold over 30 years

GRAPHIC: MIKE MOSOTA

What you need to know:

  • Over nearly three decades, coffee’s share of Kenya’s exports has plunged five-fold. In the 1987/1988 season, Kenya’s highest ever total production was achieved, at 128,700 tonnes, placing Kenya in the 12th place worldwide. By 2013 the country had slipped to the 24th position, producing only 39,800 tonnes.
  • A cup of coffee sold in a coffee shop in those countries will make the farmer only one cent for every shilling in the sale price, while buyers, processors, roasters and retailers split the other 99 per cent.

A farmer in Kenya is likely to receive only a fifth of the sale price at auction if he sells his coffee through a cooperative, Nation Newsplex has found.

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