Our 2022-2023 Kenya Pre-Harvest Plan continues explorations in the West, shifts more support towards small estates, and unveils a new strategy of working with our Kenyan partners to build a pipeline for finding and supporting talented farmers who are interested in producing to the top of their potential for direct export. This is a departure from past efforts, which have centralized around calibrating with our export partner labs to secure selections from the same cooperative partners each year—in short, working through the traditional supply-chain in Kenya.
The harvest in Kenya is coming in a few weeks late and 20% lower than last year. Despite that, we anticipate:
Import volume will increase over last year with more, smaller lots;
Arrival will be late May-early June, with peak bookings in March—earlier than last year, despite a delayed harvest;
Qualities will be equal to or slightly higher than last year, based on agronomic indicators and additional programming aimed at lot selection; and Prices will be about the same or slightly lower than last year.