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The Political Economy of Food Price Policy: the Case of Kenya

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This paper evaluates Kenya´s food price crisis over 2002–11 using a political economy approach. Kenya´s food prices have been high and volatile relative to world food prices. Moreover, domestic food markets are highly integrated while about 30 per cent of the changes in world market prices are transmitted to domestic markets in Kenya. The study finds a relatively slow speed of adjustment of domestic food prices in Kenya of between three to five months. In response, the government implemented both supply-side and demand-side policies. However, the implementation of these policies has not been fully institutionalized and relies on the most part on the executive. These findings lend credence to calls to institutionalize the policy-making process in Kenya.

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  • Nzuma, Jonathan Makau, 2013. "The Political Economy of Food Price Policy: the Case of Kenya," WIDER Working Paper Series 026, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    1. Jayne, Thomas S. & Meyers, Robert J. & Nyoro, James K., 2005. "Effects of Government Maize Marketing and Trade Policies on Maize Market Prices in Kenya," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers 55162, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    2. De Gorter, Harry & Swinnen, Johan, 2002. "Political economy of agricultural policy," Handbook of Agricultural Economics,in: B. L. Gardner & G. C. Rausser (ed.), Handbook of Agricultural Economics, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 36, pages 1893-1943 Elsevier.
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    1. Watson, Derrill D., 2013. "Political Economy Synthesis: the Food Policy Crisis," WIDER Working Paper Series 050, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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    Agriculture; Food security; Macroeconomics; Prices;

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