Policy Options for Food Security under Market Liberalization

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1992
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Ministry Of Agriculture
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Governments in Kenya have a long history of enacting policies aimed at stabilizing domestic maize prices (Winter-Nelson, 1992). As in many other developing countries, Kenyan policy seems to have been motivated by a multiple desire to enhance food security for poor consumers, to improve the production environment for small-scale farming, and to demonstrate political leadership in this sensitive area (Timmer, 1989). In mid-1992, the Kenyan Government is reevaluating its efforts to stabilize maize prices in the context of the Cereals Sector Reform Program. This reexamination is receiving heightened importance because drought-induced maize crop shortfalls and low public stockho1dings of maize have resulted in a need for substantial maize imports this year.
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