Policy Implementation And Its Economic Impact On Potato Marketing Value Chain In Kenya

Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) are second in importance after maize in Kenya as food crop. It is grown mainly by small scale farmers in more than 100,000 ha country wide producing more than 1 million tonnes annually. The marketing value chain has been described as ineffective, with farmers getting far much lesser compared with other players. Recognizing this, the Government of Kenya developed laws in 2005 to streamline the chain and ensure farmers gain from the potato production. It also established some specific laws in 2008 to interpret the 2005 laws in target chain levels.

Breastfeeding and its relation to fertility in Uganda

This study was undertaken to examine how breastfeeding relates to fertility in Uganda. The objective was based on the fact that family planning programs were introduced to Uganda almost two decades ago. However to date the program oeemc to have had no major impact. Hence there is a need to re-examine what other avenues are available to tackle this problem. Breastfeeding can provide such an alternative. Data from the Uganda Demographic Health Survey chows that a majority of Uganda women breastfeed their babies for an average of 19 months.

Effect Of Monetary Policy Instruments On Stock Market Returns At Nairobi Securities Exchange.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of Monetary Policy Instruments on Stock Markets in Kenya specifically at The Nairobi Securities Exchange Market using annual data from 1998 to 2012. Causal Research Design was used to analyze data using Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS). The software was run using three monetary policy variables including treasury bill rate, Money Supply(M1) and consumer price index (proxy for inflation) on the Stock Market Returns (proxied by NSE 20 share price index).

The potential predictability of March-April-May rainfall over East Africa using ITCZ indices

The East African rainfall regime is highly variable and predictability on seasonal time scales has always been a challenging endeavour. Several predictors have been assembled in the past for the purposes of seasonal rainfall prediction over East Africa. These include, the MaddenJulian-Oscillation (MJO), Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), Quasi Biennial Oscillation (QBO), Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies (SSTA) and Sea Surface Temperature (SST) gradients. In this study, the predictability potential of seasonal rainfall anomalies using ITCZ indices was investigated.

Strategic responses adopted by Kenya commercial bank to cope with the competition in the banking industry

This study sought to establish the strategic responses adopted by Kenya Commercial bank to cope with the competition in the banking industry having seen different banks emerge literally opposite each other in major towns with the need to capture a large market share having seen retail banking more lucrative over the years. The study was a case study of Kenya Commercial bank being one of the key players in the banking industry over the years and having emerged as one of the best seeing it tow with the business goals of survival, growth and continuity.

The relationship between selected macro economic variables and residential housing property returns in Kenya

This study examines the impact of selected macroeconomic variables on the performance of residential housing properties in Kenya using quarterly data from 2000 Q1 to 2010 Q4. Prices of newly constructed residential houses are analyzed against gross domestic product, domestic interest rates, inflation, Kenya shilling US dollar exchange rate, rental income, money supply and public debt. Multiple linear regression model is used to determine causation and relationships.

Response strategies adopted by multinational corporations to cope with barriers of entry into the Kenyan market

In most major economies of the world, the significance of domestic and foreign-based multinational corporations is increasing. Such corporations, directly or indirectly, account for a large part of the world trade in goods and services (Nilsson, Dickens 1996). Despite their reasons of going international, when entering foreign markets, Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) may face certain barriers and challenges from the host country's policies, systems, rules, regulations and general business environment.

The Relationship between Exchange rate movement and stock market returns volatility at the Nairobi Securities Exchange

Domestic currency depreciation makes local firms more competitive, leading to an increase in their exports. This in turn raises their stock prices. A weak or no association between stock prices and exchange rates can also be postulated. Transaction costs and sunk costs of market entry imply that only large exchange rate movements affect market structure and, thereby, firms’ market value. Therefore, like prices of other assets the exchange rates are determined by expected future exchange rates. Any news/factors that affect future values of exchange rate will affect today’s exchange rate.

Competitive business strategies adopted by mobile service providers in Kenya: a case of Telkom Kenya

The telecommunications industry in Kenya is volatil e and highly competitive, to survive in the industry, organizations have to adopt busine ss strategies that offer them competitive advantage over their rivals. This study looks into Telkom Kenya Ltd; one of the four telecommunication companies in Kenya and w ill seeks to determine the competitive business strategies the organization ha s adopted in order to create competitive advantage. A case study on Telkom Kenya Ltd was conducted with data collected through interview.

Strategic responses to challenges of insurance regulation in Kenya by the Insurance Regulatory Authority

The Insurance sector in Kenya has stagnated over the years and is characterized by closure of insurance companies especially those underwriting public service vehicle business This is due to their inability to meet financial obligations to the policyholders and other insurance beneficiaries. Lack of awareness by the public about the benefits of insurance and the negative perception of the industry has contributed to the low level of insurance penetration. The study was conducted usmg a case study research design based on Insurance Regulatory Authority ( IRA) .