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Rabbit meat consumption in Kenya


  • Mailu, S.K
  • Muhammad, L
  • Wanyoike, M.M
  • Mwanza, R.N.


A survey was undertaken in 7 counties in Kenya covering a total of 300 rabbit farmers. Another 100 non rabbit keeping farmers was similarly interviewed for comparison purposes. Questions on the survey instrument sought to identify consumption patterns of rabbit meat among the sample farmers. Results were subjected to chi square test for association in an attempt to identify characteristics of respondents that might be pointers to rabbit meat consumption. Education, the number of rabbits kept—as well as whether the farmers actually kept rabbits were strong pointers towards making a particular farmer also a consumer of rabbit meat. Income (in this study, expenditure was used as a proxy for incomes) and the region of residence were marginally associated with rabbit meat consumption. Only 38 percent of non-rabbit farmers consumed rabbit meat compared to 82 percent for those who kept rabbits. The frequency of rabbit meat consumption was found to be very low, even for rabbit keepers with 46 percent of this group doing so at most, once every 12 months compared to 73 percent for non-rabbit farmers.

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  • Mailu, S.K & Muhammad, L & Wanyoike, M.M & Mwanza, R.N., 2012. "Rabbit meat consumption in Kenya," MPRA Paper 41517, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:41517

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    Rabbit meat; consumption; elasticity;

    JEL classification:

    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • L19 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Other
    • M30 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - General
    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General

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