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Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (2019)

Fast-tracking adoption of food safety and standards in the domestic fresh mango value chain - a case study of Makueni County, Kenya

Tito Benjamin Mutuku

Titre : Fast-tracking adoption of food safety and standards in the domestic fresh mango value chain - a case study of Makueni County, Kenya

Auteur : Tito Benjamin Mutuku

Université de soutenance : Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Grade : Master’s Degree in Agricultural Production Chain Management, Horticulture Chains. 2019

Résumé
Food safety is rapidly emerging as a serious concern in the domestic markets of many developing countries. Not a single country is exempt from its effects. The objective of this research is to analyse the role played by value chain actors in fast tracking the adoption of food safety and standards in Makueni County. This research used a wide range of methodological approaches including interviews with key informants, FGDs, stakeholder meeting, observations and survey with traders and consumers. The analysis was done using the Grounded theory for qualitative data and IBM SPSS version 25 for quantitative data. Results from the analysis show that majority of consumers are aware of food safety and that transport means contributes to fruits contamination. Further, consumers prefer to buy fruits from the open-air markets despite the food safety awareness. Research also show regulatory agencies face numerous constraints in delivering their mandate on food safety enforcement. There are many agencies and institutions with overlapping mandate leading to duplication of roles. Sometimes the roles among government agencies are not very well defined. The implementation of food safety and standards is hampered by the existence of fragmented legislation, multiple jurisdictions, weaknesses in surveillance and haphazard monitoring and enforcement. Nevertheless, the current situation in Makueni County presents an array of opportunities with enormous potential for creating linkages on safe food to enhance the availability of safer and better quality mango fruits in the domestic markets

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