policy issues



Kenya’s market is ripe for trade with U.S. animal food manufacturers. Livestock production and gross domestic product are increasing in this emerging market, and with it, so is the demand for high-quality protein. Unfortunately, the country’s feed industry continues to be stifled by costly and unreliable ingredients due to inconsistent application of regulations and standards and ingredient supply chain issues.

While U.S. animal food exports to Kenya rank among the lowest of the African countries, at a mere $420,000 in 2019, a U.S.-Kenya trade agreement is expected to serve as a model for additional agreements between the U.S. and other African nations. It also has the potential to complement regional integration efforts within the East African Community as well as the 2019 African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which has thus far been ratified by 30 African countries and is the world’s largest free trade area. Combined, these efforts would provide the stability and predictability needed to grow market access for the U.S. animal food industry in Africa.  

The AFIA is advocating for a negotiated trade agreement with Kenya that is science-based in accordance with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Codex Alimentarius’s food safety standards.

U.S. Exports to Kenya-by Category (in 1,000 dollars)

Category 2016 2017 2018 2019
Alfalfa/Hay - - - -
Animal or vegetable fats and Oils - - - -
Corn Co-Products 13 - - -
Flours, meals and pellets of fish - - - -
Livestock Feeds - - - -
Other Feed Products 180 195 370 420
Pet Food - 35 3 -
Poultry Feeds - - - -
SBM - - - -
Grand Total 194 230 372 420

Source: Dataweb-USITC