Kenya’s Coffee May Lose Global Appeal Over Contamination

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The coffee industry has been an important sector of Kenya’s economy since independence, a major source of revenue, employment provider, and top earner of foreign exchange. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Nairobi is the world’s 21st largest coffee producer and has about 800,000 coffee growers.

However, the industry is facing challenges that include a chemical infusion, reduced quality, and the global coronavirus outbreak. Particularly, the pandemic brought about canceled contracts from foreign buyers, reduction in order volumes, and overall demand.

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