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In addition, the private sector initially did not take up the challenge of reform because of problems of finance, underdeveloped markets, poor infrastructure, and confusing legislation. Despite agreeing in principle to liberalize all sectors of the economy and thus to allow the development of the private sector, the Kenyan government has generally adopted a slow and phased approach that it considered more politically feasible (Duncan, 1992). Reforms led to changes in the way business and marketing functions used to be carried out.

1991), commenting on the delay of the World Bank structural adjustment loan to Kenya due to the government’s failure to decontrol maize and maize products’ movement and delay in land reform, observed that “it was scarcely in the interest of the large farmers who made up the bulk of the President’s agricultural power base. ” The bureaucracy, allegedly manipulated as a direct instrument of presidential power (Toye, 1992), is yet another group. Politicians, ruling party supporters in both rural and urban areas, and producers and distributors in the various sectors comprised the other beneficiaries of government intervention in the economy.

In between are the large areas of semiarid agricultural land where pastoralism and subsistence farming are carried on simultaneously. The western part of the country consists of well-watered tropical uplands. Kenya is divided by administrative boundaries mostly laid down during the colonial time for ease of administration. There are eight provinces including the metropolitan city of Nairobi. A province comprises several districts. Within each district there are divisions, and each division has several locations that in turn have several sublocations.

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