Aloe Kenya Market Map

Created at: 14 Dec 2018
DescriptionAloe Kenya Market Map
CountryKE
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BUSINESS SERVICES
Packaging
Shipping
Road Transport
Harvesters harbour deep misconceptions about what happens to their product, its value and destination.
Storage and Bulking Up
Quality control in harvesting is a problem. Processors have devised a simple technique for testing sap and are well-placed to advise harvesters on extraction methods.
Harvesters would also benefit from knowledge about more fuel-efficient technologies for processing.
Harvesters are scattered and disorganized.
Technical Extension
MARKET CHAIN
Buyers in Europe, Middle East and South Asia
P = $700 / kg
South African market
P = $200 / kg
Exporters in Mombassa
P = $? / kg
Urban traders from other regions
Brokerage Agents
Traders in market towns
P = $75 / kg
The sap processors reduce the sap in vats to a stable concentrated form called aloe bitters.
P = $50 / kg
The aloe market chain in Kenya begins with thousands of harvesters in semi-arid districts like West Pokot, who extract raw aloe sap from wild plants.
BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
Since 1999, international rules (CITES) on aloe export have pushed the Kenyan aloe trade underground.
Forest Act
The un-ratified Presidential ban on aloe export has pushed the Kenyan aloe trade underground.
Corruption throughout the chain adds costs and creates distortions of power. For example, processors may bribe the local chiefs who negotiate prices on behalf of harvesters.
Mistrust is exacerbated by prejudices about the Somali ethnicity of processors.
Conflict - Insecurity
Drought and Famine Relief
Land Tenure
Bitters in South Africa are re-exported to Europe, the Middle East and South Asia.
Certain buyers from Europe, South Asia and the Middle East also find their way directly to Mombassa, bypassing the South African market.
Kenyan aloe bitters are then exported at well below world market prices to South Africa.
Mombassa imports aloe bitters from other regions as well.
Traders in market towns in turn supply four export agents over 1000 km away in Mombassa.
Brokering
The bitters are sold to traders in market towns.
Sap harvesters in districts like West Pokot supply a handful of itinerant processors.
BUSINESS SERVICES
Packaging
Shipping
Road Transport
Harvesters harbour deep misconceptions about what happens to their product, its value and destination.
Storage and Bulking Up
Quality control in harvesting is a problem. Processors have devised a simple technique for testing sap and are well-placed to advise harvesters on extraction methods.
Harvesters would also benefit from knowledge about more fuel-efficient technologies for processing.
Harvesters are scattered and disorganized.
Technical Extension
MARKET CHAIN
Buyers in Europe, Middle East and South Asia
P = $700 / kg
South African market
P = $200 / kg
Exporters in Mombassa
P = $? / kg
Urban traders from other regions
Brokerage Agents
Traders in market towns
P = $75 / kg
The sap processors reduce the sap in vats to a stable concentrated form called aloe bitters.
P = $50 / kg
The aloe market chain in Kenya begins with thousands of harvesters in semi-arid districts like West Pokot, who extract raw aloe sap from wild plants.
BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
Since 1999, international rules (CITES) on aloe export have pushed the Kenyan aloe trade underground.
Forest Act
The un-ratified Presidential ban on aloe export has pushed the Kenyan aloe trade underground.
Corruption throughout the chain adds costs and creates distortions of power. For example, processors may bribe the local chiefs who negotiate prices on behalf of harvesters.
Mistrust is exacerbated by prejudices about the Somali ethnicity of processors.
Conflict - Insecurity
Drought and Famine Relief
Land Tenure
Bitters in South Africa are re-exported to Europe, the Middle East and South Asia.
Certain buyers from Europe, South Asia and the Middle East also find their way directly to Mombassa, bypassing the South African market.
Kenyan aloe bitters are then exported at well below world market prices to South Africa.
Mombassa imports aloe bitters from other regions as well.
Traders in market towns in turn supply four export agents over 1000 km away in Mombassa.
Brokering
The bitters are sold to traders in market towns.
Sap harvesters in districts like West Pokot supply a handful of itinerant processors.
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