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15.03.2021 Arne Rieber “Rush on miraa” - The development dilemma of khat cultivation in the Mount Kenya region
The cultivation of khat is an increasingly politicised topic in Kenya, affecting trade, foreign affairs and local politics. Only recently, Somalia, the largest importer of Kenyan khat, ended a ban on khat imports from Kenya. The conflict between the two countries dates back to 2016, when then Meru County governor Peter Munya travelled to Somaliland, hoping to tap a new market for Kenyan khat traders in return for recognising Somaliland. For now, the conflict seems to be solved at the diplomatic level. The effects of such diplomatic turmoil are, however, most significantly felt by the many khat producing farmers.