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.


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. 

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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VIDEO: Have You Had Your Kenyan Coffee?

Published on April 20, 2017

Kenyan coffee exhibitors are currently in Seattle, Washington, gaining U.S. buyer attention with the below Hub-supported coffee video. Click to watch. Find out more about the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) annual conference here.


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Do You Have Solutions to the World's Greatest Development Challenges? Check Out USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures Program

Published on April 20, 2017

More than 100 individuals, including investors, innovators and representatives from non-governmental organizations attended a Hub-hosted information session on USAID’s Global Development Lab Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program last week in Nairobi.



DIV is a USAID open competition that supports breakthrough solutions to the world’s most intractable development challenges. Inspired by the venture capital experience, DIV uses a tiered, evidence-based funding model to test ideas, gather evidence of what works, find failures quickly and cheaply (without long-term commitments), and continue to support only proven solutions. DIV applies three core criteria to its application review process -- evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and potential to scale -- and welcomes applications at any of its three funding stages. (Source:

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Enhancing the Export Competitiveness of Kenyan Leather Products

Published on April 20, 2017

From April 24-25, the Hub, in partnership with the Central Leather Research Institute, will hold a two-day workshop on the preservation of raw hides and skins to increase the competitiveness of Kenyan leather products and the capacity of Kenyan leather workers. The workshop will cover the following topics: 1)Functions of skin, 2) Raw material classification and differences, 3) Identification and grading of hides and skins, 4) Principle and practice of preservation of hides and skins, 5) Common defects in hides and skin and preservation of hides & skins. The workshop will target 10 representatives from different leather clusters within Kenya. Those representatives are then expected to train an additional 15 individuals from each of their leather communities, for a total of 150 trained leather workers as a result of the first workshop. The Hub and partners will measure impact by the improvement in the quality of hides and skins.

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New on our Knowledge Center: AGOA 101 Uganda – An Entrepreneur's Guide on How to Export Duty-Free from Uganda to the U.S

Published on April 19, 2017

Agoa-Uganda-101-cover.jpgAGOA 101 Uganda is an export guide published by the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub). The guide seeks to ease the challenges faced by Ugandan entrepreneurs by highlighting the step-by-step process businesses should take to export from Uganda to the U.S duty-free under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

It covers the export process for Hub-focused sectors, namely: fashion accessories and home décor; textile and apparel; footwear; and specialty foods/

The guide will assist Ugandan businesses to take advantage of AGOA, thereby increasing Uganda exports to the U.S. and supplying U.S buyers with a wide range of products from the region.

EAC National Technical Committees Commit ISOlutions System to Strengthen Adherence to and Adoption of Standards

Published on April 13, 2017

The national technical committees in Rwanda and Uganda have committed to implementation of the ISOlutions system following a series of Hub-supported training workshops. ISOlutions is a web-based global system used by ISO members to develop ISO standards, which facilitate international trade.  The ISOlutions online tool makes standard development easier and more efficient by allowing ISO members to comment on standards up for revision or creation online.

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New on our Knowledge Center: EAC Common Market Protocol Update- Tanzania

Published on April 13, 2017

cmp_TZ.JPGThe East African Community (EAC) Common Market Update is a presentation by the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub and the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation. 

The report highlights key areas of policy reform that Tanzania is exploring towards easier movement of goods, services and capital in the East African region. These reforms will spur inter-regional trade, which will in-turn lead to regional integration of the five EAC Partner States.

This presentation is a useful resource in tracking Tanzania's progress in implementing the EAC Common Market Protocol.