Kenya, US set for agriculture trade deals

Kenya, US set for agriculture trade deals
Published date:
Wednesday, 23 March 2022
Author:
Anita Anyango

Kenya and US are set for agriculture trade deals. President Joe Biden’s top Agriculture minister said the US government will dispatch top agricultural officials and farmers’ representatives for a week-long trade mission in Nairobi later this year to scout for trade opportunities for American farmers and exporters.

The delegation comprising businesses, farm organisations, and teams from various agriculture departments in the US government are expected in Kenya from October 31 to November 3.

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the trade mission will connect Kenyan exporters and farmers with their US counterparts with a view “to expanding and diversifying global market opportunities for US agriculture.”

Trade missions

“Each year, the Foreign Agricultural Service’s international team of marketing and trade experts pinpoint new and growing global markets that offer the top-notch prospects for US exporters. Then, during our trade missions, we help those exporters – of everything from gourmet food products, to biofuels, to fresh produce, to livestock genetics – connect with prospective customers and establish or expand their international footprint. And the results speak for themselves,” said Mr Vilsack in a statement.

This comes days after the US government signaled the resumption of stalled negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) between Nairobi and Washington, amidst growing unease in Kenya about the delay to conclude the deal.

Kenya in 2020 agreed to lift a decade-old prohibition on US wheat following a deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former US President Donald Trump. Kenya wanted to do a deal with Washington before the expiry of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which allows sub-Saharan African countries to export thousands of products to the United States without tariffs or quotas until 2025.

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