Demand For Small Ruminants Meats Among Consumers In Nairobi, Kenya PDF Print E-mail
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Bwari, P.M1*., Kipsat M1., Njuguna E.M2.

1 Moi University, P.O. Box 3445 – 30200 Kitale, Kenya

2KARI, P.O. Box 57811-Nairobi

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Meat consumptions in developing countries is projected to double by the year 2020 compared to 1993 according to a study by IFPRI ad the FAO. The per capita consumption of livestock products is rising fastest in regions where there is urbanization and rapid income growth as people add variety to their diets.  Urban consumers being the key movers of small ruminants meat demand, the study investigated the demand elasticities for small ruminants’ meats among different categories of Nairobi consumers.  Nairobi consumers were classified into four categories based on their income levels.  A total of two hundred respondents were randomly selected from Dagoretti, Langata, Starehe and Kamukunji districts in a multistage and random sampling procedure. Questionnaires were used to obtain information on monthly meat consumption by households.  Descriptive statistics was applied to understand the household characteristics while an ideal demand system model was used to estimate demand elasticities for small ruminants’ meat.  In all the income groups, own price-price elasticities were negative and high for small ruminants’ indicating that price for mutton and chevon greatly influence the demand for small ruminants’ meat.  The income elasticities for small ruminants’ meats were greater than one in all income groups, implying that mutton and chevon are luxury goods for all income groups irrespective of their income levels.  This suggests that urban households would increase consumption of small ruminants’ meat at different rates as income increases.  Improvement in production and marketing of small ruminants is therefore recommended to meet the increasing demand for small ruminants’ meats by Nairobi consumers.

Key words: Small ruminants, demand elasticities, an ideal demand system.

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