After having been sidelined under the previous administration, supporters of new president William Ruto want to take control of the production of tea, Kenya's leading export commodity. The rival factions are fighting it out in private sector consortium the KTDA.
The commitment to increase the price of Kenyan tea agreed with the main producers' consortium, the Kenya Tea Development Agency, has given neighbouring countries a comparative advantage. Unaffected by these measures, foreign companies in Kenya are selling their stocks more easily, while Kenyan firms' stocks are piling up.
The halt in Russian and Ukrainian wheat exports has opened a window of opportunity for French grain producers in North and West Africa, who in recent weeks have been able to act as substitute suppliers at short notice.
Until now, all firms selling petroleum products in West and Central Africa were partly supplied by Russia. But since the US slapped sanctions on Russian fuels, these companies are urgently having to review their supply schedules.
With grain shipments in the Black Sea becoming impossible, large and small suppliers of both millers and state agencies are having to adapt to meet their requirements. At the same time, prices are exploding, which may be a double-edged sword.