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- Megan Sheahan; Roy Black; T.S. Jayne
- Food policy 2013 v.41 pp. 39-52
- corn; farmers; fertilizer rates; mineral fertilizers; nitrogen; profitability; research planning; surveys; Kenya
- ... It is widely perceived that African farmers are under-utilizing inorganic fertilizer. However, very little long-term evidence from farmers’ fields, accounting for variations in agro-ecological conditions, has been assembled to back this claim or determine the conditions under which it is true. Using five waves of nationwide household survey data from Kenya covering 13years, we estimate the relativ ...
- Zachary M. Gitonga; Hugo De Groote; Menale Kassie; Tadele Tefera
- Food policy 2013 v.43 pp. 44-55
- collective action; corn; farmers; farms; food security; households; insect pests; insecticides; issues and policy; oxygen; postharvest losses; prices; silos; storage; storage pests; storage quality; Central America; Kenya; Southern Africa
- ... Maize is the most important food staple in Eastern and Southern Africa, with a highly seasonal production but relatively constant consumption over the year. Farmers have to store maize to bridge seasons, for food security and to protect against price fluctuations. However, the traditional storage methods do not protect grain well, resulting in large postharvest losses. Hermetically sealed metal si ...