Historical analysis of Government policies and programmes on pastoral livestock marketing in Kenya: lessons for future prospects

Abstract: 
Government policies and programmes have profound importance in triggering national economic growth and promoting sustainable livelihoods. A review of policies and programmes, therefore, provides valuable insights for guiding future Government development plans. This study presents a historical analysis of Government policies and programmes on pastoral livestock marketing in Kenya in terms of their relevance and shortcomings. The paper is based on a comprehensive review of scientific papers and grey literature as well as analysis of secondary data where necessary. Among the key Government policies and programmes identified and discussed in this paper include the establishment of grazing schemes and group ranching, promotion of livestock purchase and fattening programmes, disease-free zones (DFZs), and value addition of livestock products. Whereas some of these interventions had merits, others appear to have mixed results with respects to their roles in promoting pastoral livestock marketing. The study concludes that in addition to stakeholders’ consultation to ensure that Government policies and programmes for pastoral livestock marketing in Kenya to match with local context and priorities, regular review to confirm their relevance is necessary in order to make adjustments where appropriate
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Date of publication: 
2018
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Region Focus: 
East Africa
Volume: 
17
Number: 
1
Pagination: 
73-80
Collection: 
RUFORUM Working document series
Licence conditions: 
Open Access
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Form: 
Web resource
ISSN: 
1607-9345
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Extent: 
8