The common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is a major grain legume in East Africa that provides rural households with food , good nutrition, and income. Enhanced varieties of common beans have been widely adopted by smallholder farmers in Kenya and Uganda. The disparity is accomplished by means of imports. Between Kenya and Uganda, there is a major cross-border trade in common beans. This study examines the efficacy of this trade and assesses the efficiency of both the common marketing of beans and associated transport systems. The findings indicate enormous inefficiencies in the marketing of common beans in Kenya and Uganda due to weak road and storage infrastructure and high transaction costs (mainly due to high transport costs). There was a considerably higher expense for primary market traders than for terminal market traders. In general, the productivity of Ugandan traders was comparatively higher than that of Kenyan traders. Both merchants, however, made profits well in excess of their common costs of bean transfer. In order to increase the productivity of the bean market in the study area and similar environments, the study recommends regional market, infrastructural and institutional growth, as well as the abolition of illegal fees and rent-seeking activities.
Mr. Lianda Wanyonyi Mauyo
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Eldoret, Kenya.
Dr. Jonas N. Chianu, Chief
Agricultural Economist Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank (AfDB), Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Prof. Bernard Kibet Nassiuma
Department of Quantitative Skills and Entrepreneurship Studies, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.
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