Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81043
Authors: 
Nzuma, Jonathan Makau
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2013/026
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
political economy
food prices
policy processes
JEL: 
B15
B25
D72
D73
D78
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-603-8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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