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Food assembly markets in Africa: lessons from the horticultural sector of Kenya
- Dijkstra, T.
- British food journal 1996 v.98 no.9 pp. 26-34
- food marketing, markets, agricultural policy, Kenya
- Argues that in Africa, food assembly markets play a key part. Examines existing assembly markets for horticultural commodities in Kenya. Observes that under these circumstances, the markets serve to reduce transport and/or information costs to suppliers and buyers and that "dual systems" and "first- and second-level assembly markets" may evolve. Anticipates that rural assembly markets will gain in importance, or at least maintain their current importance, in the coming decade and advises African policy makers. Concludes that the assembly markets should be better accessible by road or rail than their hinterland.