Kisii County Taskforce Report On The Coffee Sector

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Publisher County Government
Year of Publication 2014
Category Report
County Kisii
Description Coffee is undoubtedly one of the most important agricultural commodities in Kenya. As the fourth largest foreign exchange earner, the coffee sector is important to the national and the county economy. In Kisii County, the sector is organized into an umbrella Union which manages 22 societies with an estimated membership of about 55,000 farmers. The sector is a source of livelihood for many people through its linkages in production, processing, milling, marketing and consumption. Over the years the sector has been facing various farm level, production, processing and marketing challenges. To address these problems, a number of reforms have been undertaken in the last two decades to try and improve the sector. Some of the major reforms included; liberalization in production and marketing, removal of licenses and controls in production and minimization of government involvement in the coffee industry. Even with these reforms, the coffee sector continues to be under great stress and most of the anticipated gains from reforms have not been realized. The implementation of the new constitution to devolve key functions means that the coffee sector now falls entirely under county government. With this view, the county government must enact legislation and policies geared towards revamping the sector. It is against this background that the county government appointed a task force to investigate the problems that beset the sector and make appropriate recommendations. To deliver on its assignment, the task force adopted various approaches to gather information. These included; bench marking visits by members of the task force to regions/countries with similar industry structures; discussions with relevant industry stakeholders; literature review and written submissions from stakeholders.
Tags c119373f09f1f4155d790e226dc53def, Agriculture


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