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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.
|Title of host publication||2010 AAAE Third Conference/AEASA 48th Conference, September 19-23, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa|
|Number of pages||28|
|Place of Publication||Cape Town|
|Publisher||African Association of Agricultural Economists|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|MoE publication type||A4 Article in conference proceedings|
|Event||2010 AAAE Third Conference/AEASA 48th Conference - Cape Town, South Africa|
Duration: 19 Sep 2010 → 23 Sep 2010
Fields of Science
- 511 Economics
Impacts of agricultural market liberalization on the food security of developing countries: a comparative study of Kenya and Zambia
Nyairo, N. & Sumelius, J.
12/05/2008 → 31/12/2008
Project: Research project