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Transaction costs and participation in avocado export marketing in Murang’a County, Kenya

Kelvin Njuguna Karing'u (Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Embu, Embu, Kenya)
Hezron Nyarindo Isaboke (Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Embu, Embu, Kenya)
Samuel Njiri Ndirangu (Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Embu, Embu, Kenya)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Article publication date: 7 July 2020

Issue publication date: 24 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of transactional costs on smallholder avocado farmers’ participation in the export market and the extent of participation in Murang’a County, Kenya.

Design/methodology/approach

Data was collected from 384 avocado farmers in Murang’a County, following stratified sampling. The Heckman two-stage model was used for analysis.

Findings

Results showed that the cost of information search was an important variable that impedes smallholders’ participation in export marketing while harvesting costs inhibits the extent of participation in export marketing.

Research limitations/implications

This study used data at the farm level. Therefore, insights on transaction costs among other marketing agents in the export market value chain would be an issue for future studies.

Originality/value

Following the debate on transaction costs and market participation among farmers in Sub-Sahara Africa, this paper models transactional costs and export market participation among avocado smallholders and measures the extent of participation with the inclusion of harvesting costs, negotiation costs, monitoring costs and information search costs that are not common in previous studies, thus contributing to the development of literature.

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Acknowledgements

Kelvin Njuguna Karing’u would like to sincerely acknowledge University of Embu for scholarship award that funded this work. The author also expresses his sincere gratitude to supervisors of this research. Dr. Hezron Nyarindo Isaboke and Dr. Samuel Njiri Ndirangu for their advice, constructive criticism and contribution to success of this study.

Citation

Karing'u, K.N., Isaboke, H.N. and Ndirangu, S.N. (2021), "Transaction costs and participation in avocado export marketing in Murang’a County, Kenya", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 221-240. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-12-2019-0206

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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