Kenya

Kenya
A farmer harvests coffee beans in Kenya’s Kiambu district

Even with the coffee boom in Kenya, farmers still suffer.  In December of 2012, thieves armed with machetes attacked a Kenyan coffee factory and depot, killing 11 and depleting valuable coffee reserves. Legally-obtained coffee fetches high prices in Kenya, but just one kilo (roughly two pounds) on the black market can easily be worth as much as a regular farmer will make in a week. The incentive the black market provides has given way to a litany of crime and looting across Kenya’s coffee country. In just three months, from November 2015 to January 2016, more than 300 bags of coffee were stolen in Kenya’s central region. Kenyan coffee farmers, already struggling with poverty, face further hardship from these raids.

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