Value addition chain for leather

Key government interventions Kenya Leather Development Council: This is the sector’s main support agency in the Government for public and private with the goal of transforming the leather value chain into a vibrant value-adding and export-oriented one. Draft Kenya Leather Development Policy: The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, Kenya Leather Development Council (KLDC) […]

The leather value chain

The Kenyan leather value chain includes livestock farmers, livestock traders, butcheries, slaughter facilities owners, hides and skins traders and exporters, tanners, artisanal footwear and leather footwear manufacturers, and goods manufacturers. An abundant and diversified resource base includes cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, camels, rabbits, crocodiles, ostrich and fish. According to the Leather Value Chain Investment Profile […]

Tanneries and leather products

The Government has prioritised the leather goods and footwear sector under the Kenya Industrial Transformation Programme (KITP), Kenya Vision 2030 and the Big 4 Agenda. The sector is regarded as a prime driver for the country’s industrialization with focus on achieving the following by 2022: Increase exports from $140 million (2017) to $500 million Create […]

Special economic zones (SEZs)

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) provided technical support through its Kenya Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (KCEP) to the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Authority to launch a one-stop-shop web portal www.sezauthority.go.ke  in August 2021, IFC is a member of the World Bank Group. The new portal has boosted communication to potential investors on opportunities available in the […]

Apparel manufacturing

Background Kenya has the opportunity to establish a strong domestic and international footprint in textile and apparel manufacturing through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which opened up the US market for finished textile products. This would be a firm foundation for propelling Kenya into middle income status and creating gainful employment for its […]

Cotton processing and ginning

Background The Cotton, Textile and Apparel (CTA) industry is remains largely labor-intensive and employs both semi-skilled and un-skilled workers and hence a key contributor to rural livelihoods. Specifically, about 200,000 households and an estimated 40,000 farmers rely on proceeds from cotton growing. The value chain includes cotton production, ginning, spinning, and weaving, apparel production and […]

Trade apparels and leather

Background The Ministry of Industrialisation Trade and Enterprise Development prepared and approved Kenya’s first ever comprehensive industrialisation road map, which identified the following priority areas under the Third Medium Term Plan (MTP III): Critical sectors with scale such as Tea, Cut Flowers, Coffee and Horticulture Leveraging of natural advantages to create competitive sectors that include […]

Projects by government to ensure achievement of manufacturing pillar in the big four agenda

Development of constituency industrial development centres The main activity under this sector was the construction and equipping of Constituency Industrial Development Centres (CIDCs) in the 210 constituencies to provide worksites and tools for the youth to pursue gainful employment. A total of 188 constituencies out of the 210 identified land for the construction of CIDCs. […]

Iron and steel

The local steel industry remains heavily dependent on imported raw materials, as no local sources have been developed to date making the manufacture of steel locally quite expensive. Reducing this high import bill is possible if high quality steel can be produced more cheaply locally. The government’s strategies to promote the sector include readiness to […]