Kenya's deputy president is doing what he can to make up for coffee farmers' loss of financial support from multinational traders. But the public funds recently made available may not be enough to keep producers sweet.
Kenyan agricultural reforms have had a direct impact on certain German multinationals. This will be a key subject during Rigathi Gachagua's trip to Germany as the two countries seek to forge closer diplomatic and commercial relations.
The deputy president, who has embarked on an ambitious reform of the coffee industry, has set his sights on major traders. But with sales on the Nairobi Coffee Exchange plummeting, the main players targeted have no intention of rolling over.
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The government has slowly chipped away at the now floundering commodity exchange, originally set up to allow Ethiopian producers to export basic commodities at better prices.