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Kenya: Good governance essential in fixing sugar sector

Kenya boasts of the most diversified economy in the East and Central Africa, with agriculture as ‘backbone of the economy’ remaining the biggest contributor. The Food and Agriculture Organization notes that agriculture contributes 26 per cent to Kenya’s gross domestic product, and employs over 40 per cent of the Kenyan population, over 70 per cent of that being in the rural areas.

Agriculture also accounts for 65 per cent of Kenya’s export earnings, while also being the main driver of the non-agricultural economy, including manufacturing, transportation, energy, healthcare, tourism, entertainment, and construction.