Kenya Market Watch Bulletin May 2014 Issue 2
The Kenya market watch report is produced by the VAM unit of the World Food Programme Kenya on a monthly basis. Wholesale price data for maize (which is Kenya’s staple) and beans from the State Department of Agriculture (SDA) for Eldoret, Kitale, Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kitui, Malindi and Taveta are analysed. The Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru markets are indicative for urban consumers. Kisumu is a large urban market located in a deficit area with marginal agricultural productivity. Eldoret and Kitale markets are in high potential areas and located in the western Kenya grain ‘basket’ zone. Kitui, Malindi and Taveta markets are located in south-eastern and coastal marginal agricultural zones which are also deficit areas. Taveta is a crucial cross-border trade point (Kenya-Tanzania). There are large regional differentials in prices of all commodities across Kenya, with the highest prices experienced in the marginal arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya. The update is divided into three sections: price trends analysis, production and import situation, and other issues including: Inflation, fuel pump prices and policy news.