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Fertilizer Policies, Price, and Application in East Africa

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  • Takashi Yamano

    (Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development
    National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

  • Ayumi Arai

    (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

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In this chapter, we investigate the determinants of inorganic fertilizer use on major cereal crops in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda. By using panel data in the three countries, we estimate the determinants of the fertilizer price and application at the household level and evaluate the fertilizer policies in each country. The determinants of the DAP price and application in Kenya can be mostly explained by market forces and agro-ecological factors, suggesting that market-based policies would be effective. In Ethiopia, on the other hand, the estimation results indicate that policy related factors determine the fertilizer price and application. Although the subsidy program in Ethiopia may contribute to poverty alleviation, technical returns from such programs could be low. Uganda should learn from the experience from these two neighboring countries.

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  • Takashi Yamano & Ayumi Arai, 2010. "Fertilizer Policies, Price, and Application in East Africa," GRIPS Discussion Papers 10-24, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ngi:dpaper:10-24
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    1. Johann, Kirsten & Mapila, Mariam & Okello, Julius J. & De, Sourovi, 2013. "Managing Agricultural Commercialization for Inclusive Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa," Working Papers 206518, University of Pretoria, Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development.
    2. Murathi Kiratu, Nixon, 2014. "An Assessment of the Impact of Kilimo Plus Subsidy Program on Smallholder Farmers' Food Security and Income in Nakuru North District, Kenya," Research Theses 243470, Collaborative Masters Program in Agricultural and Applied Economics.

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    Fertilizer Price; Fertilizer Policy; Kenya; Uganda; Ethiopia;

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