Help US or We Uproot Coffee Trees: Farmers Decry Dwindling Returns


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A worker sorts coffee berries at a factory in Kienjege, located in western Kirinyaga county, northwest of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, July 24, 2014. Kenya

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri recalls growing up on the slopes of Mount Kenya, at a time when coffee was the pride of every village.

But today, what used to be the leading foreign exchange earner in the country in the late 1960s and 70s is suffering decreased fortunes.

“Coffee farmers are miserable. Just when did the rain start beating us?” he said.

“It is unfortunate that while some farmers earn Sh100 per kilo from coffee bonus, others are earning Sh10.”

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