Impacts of agricultural trade and market liberalization of food security in developing countries: comparative study of Kenya and Zambia

Newton Nyairo, Jukka Kola, John Sumelius

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The introduction of agricultural reforms has debatable effects on food security in developing countries. This research investigates how such effects influenced maize supply in two developing countries which were among the first to introduce agricultural reforms. Conclusions from the research suggest that agricultural reforms led to mixed results. This may be attributed to the sometimes stop-go nature of reform implementation. The mixed results are reflected in the weak maize output response to price changes. Overall country economic conditions, state of agricultural development can be attributed to the pace of response, hence effect on agricultural supply. Elasticity of maize output to changes in price and acreage are strongly significant in maize output for the case of Kenya. Both restricted models of maize production suggest that prior to the introduction of reforms acreage, prices and alternative crops were more elastic when simulated with Zambian data than with Kenyan data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 AAAE Third Conference/AEASA 48th Conference, September 19-23, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa
Number of pages28
Place of PublicationCape Town
PublisherAfrican Association of Agricultural Economists
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
Event2010 AAAE Third Conference/AEASA 48th Conference - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 19 Sept 201023 Sept 2010

Fields of Science

  • 511 Economics

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