NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – The committee set up to coordinate the ongoing coffee reforms within the country has been gazetted.
President Uhuru Kenyatta formed the Coffee Sector Implementation Committee to ensure the sustainability of the reforms.
The committee will be chaired by Joseph Kiayah and will have 14 other members, with Dan Mwangi as its joint secretary.
The members are Principal Secretaries for Agriculture, Treasury, Trade and Co-operatives.
The others are Chief Executive Officers of the Capital Markets Authority and the Information and Communications Technology Authority, the Solicitor-General and a representative of the Council of Governors and Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Other members are Andrew Karanja, Paul Kukubo, Susan Maira and Newton Nderitu.
The team, which has been given a year in office, is expected to provide leadership in implementation of the reforms, review the current framework and subsequently propose changes to align it to current and future needs.
It should also develop a road map and action plan for the revival of coffee with focus on production, value addition and marketing.
In March, President Kenyatta appointed a 19-member task force to investigate the dwindling fortunes in the sector and gave it two weeks to complete its mandate.
This followed rampant wrangling among farmers and other stakeholders. Farmers said cartels had invaded the sector and were exploiting.