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Record number 426231
Title Vegetable chains in Kenya: Production and consumption of vegetables in the Nairobi metropolis
Author(s) Lans, C.J.M. van der; Snoek, H.M.; Boer, F.A. de; Elings, A.
Source Bleiswijk : Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture (Rapporten WUR GTB 1130) - 86
Department(s) WUR GTB Teelt & Bedrijfssystemen
LEI Consumer & behaviour
LEI Consument and Behaviour
Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Management
WUR GTB Gewasfysiologie Management en Model
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) voedselconsumptie - consumptiepatronen - groenten - analyse - internationale samenwerking - stedelijke bevolking - afrika - kenya - food consumption - consumption patterns - vegetables - analysis - international cooperation - urban population - africa - kenya
Categories Vegetables / Consumer Behaviour
Abstract Vegetable consumption in African countries such as Kenya is low, which has a negative impact on the nutritional condition of the population, and on the production by smallholders. The goals of the project were to determine the potentials for consumption and cultivation in the Nairobi metropolitan region, to analyse the reasons for low consumption and to define strategies to stimulate consumption and production. Vegetable consumption can be increased, especially during the dry season when availability is low, and for low-income groups. Production can be increased through technical interventions and improvement of skills. Important is to improve the leverage of producers in the value chain and the efficiency of the value chain. Key elements are: stimulate urban farming; reduce the cost price throughout the value chain and make the value chain more transparent, accountable, shorter with less transaction costs; reduce post-harvest losses, develop a revenue system that better rewards farmers; improve cold storage and logistics, improve irrigation in the dry season; offer dry-season solutions through food processing; and pay attention to a number of life-style issues. The Netherlands can contribute in the fields of re-structuring the value chain, brokering between parties, food processing, consumer behaviour, production and product quality (irrigation, quality seeds, crop management), and R&D.
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