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  • Kenya Estimates Large Increase in Coffee Exports to the U.S. Following Specialty Coffee Conference

    Published on April 27, 2017

    From April 20-23, the Hub supported Kenyan coffee producers to exhibit at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)-Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, Washington.

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    Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Willy Bett, officially opened the conference, within which Kenya’s “portrait country” pavilion occupied a prime position. SCAA reports 10,000 visitors over the three days, including nearly 5,000 buyers and roasters who were making coffee sourcing decisions. The Kenya Coffee Directorate estimates that Kenya’s participation in the conference could increase Kenya coffee exports to the U.S. by as much as 25 percent. The Cabinet Secretary Bett said that he was optimistic that the opportunity to have Kenya as a portrait country in this year’s expo will play a key role in increasing coffee exports to the U.S. and globally.

    The U.S is one of the leading coffee consumers in the world. Events like this provide us with the opportunity to market Kenyan Specialty Coffees,” said Cabinet Secretary Bett.

    Watch our video to learn more about SCAA and why it mattered for Kenyan coffee producers.
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    Ensuring High-Quality Skins and Hides for Kenya’s Expanding Leather Sector

    Published on April 27, 2017

    From April 24 – 25, the Hub partnered with the Central Leather Research Institute to conduct a two-day leather-training workshop for Kenyan flayers. The practices of Kenyan flayers can make or break the quality of inputs for Kenya’s growing leather sector, which with government and Hub support, intends to expand its export reach and competitiveness. 

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    New on our Knowledge Center: EAC Facts and Figures 2016

    Published on April 27, 2017

    eac_facts_and_figures.JPGEast African Community Facts and Figures 2016. The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organization of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. This report highlights economic development in the five EAC Partner states. 

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    Small-Scale Women and Youth Traders Rejoice Over Newly Gained Trade Knowledge

    Published on April 26, 2017

    cross-border_market.jpgAt the end of April, Hub partner the Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK) conducted its first capacity-building training session for 78 cross-border traders along the Busia and Malaba borders of Kenya. The training covered topics on enterprise management, structured trading systems, East African Community grades and standards, cross-border trade regulations, access to information, finance, and potential markets for increased participation in formal cross-border trade.

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