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Enhancing livestock market access for sustainable rangeland management and improved livelihoods in Kenya

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  • Kihiu, Evelyne Nyathira
  • Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin

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Productivity of rangelands in Kenya is affected by increasing crop farming especially in more fertile range areas. This encroachment by crop farming on rangelands occurs as a response of the rural livestock producers’ to economic opportunities with the development of local and international crop markets. We hypothesize that the existing market inefficiencies characterizing livestock markets, especially the price disincentives that livestock producers face, are a major risk rangelands face. To analyze the effect of livestock market conditions on rangeland management, we draw on household survey and economic modeling tools. We find that traders’ rent seeking behavior and high transport costs act as disincentives to livestock producers’ participation in livestock markets and influence their decisions in seeking alternative rangeland uses to sustain livelihoods. However, improved livestock market access enhances livestock producers’ livelihoods and the stewardship of the ecosystems thus reducing pastoralists’ vulnerability to ecological climate variability associated with rangelands.

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  • Kihiu, Evelyne Nyathira & Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin, 2015. "Enhancing livestock market access for sustainable rangeland management and improved livelihoods in Kenya," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 212273, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iaae15:212273
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.212273
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    Crop Production/Industries; Livestock Production/Industries; Productivity Analysis;

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