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Title:Fertilizer Trade under Market Liberalization: Preliminary Evidence from Kenya
Authors:Omamo, Steven W.
Mose, Lawrence O.
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:market economy
domestic trade
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0306-9192(00)00013-0
Abstract:This paper reports results of a study aimed at identifying broad demand-side and supply-side influences on trade in inorganic fertilizers in Kenya, where, following decades of government control, the fertilizer market has been fully liberalized. Using a structured questionnaire, 59 wholesale and retail fertilizer traders were interviewed in five provinces, 17 districts and 37 market centres around the country over the course of three weeks in September 1997. Multiple regression analysis using these data indicates that significant demand-side factors include agroecological conditions and maize market prices in the regions in which fertilizer traders operate. On the supply side, the number of years in fertilizer trading and access to credit are important. Implications for policy and research are drawn. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.