Institut für Ernährungswirtschaft und Verbrauchslehre

Determinants of coordination and supply chain performance in the Kenyan fresh milk supply chain

Detailed Description: Typical problems impacting the Kenyan agricultural sector ranging from unfavourable weather conditions, technical production skills, capital insufficiency to inadequate markets have been catalogued. The changes in the general macroeconomic environment such as opening up of the markets have also brought about newer challenges for the participants in the various sectors of the economy. The changes have impacted differently on the prices and quantities of various products for both producers and consumers. Whereas many production and or marketing based studies have been useful in identifying key solution areas, institutional and management aspects in the agricultural sector have not been adequately addressed. 

Based on the Transaction Cost Theory and the Supply Chain Management frameworks, this study assesses the coordination mechanisms employed in the milk industry, evaluates the link between the coordination mechanisms and the transaction costs and establishes the implications the coordination mechanisms have on the performance of the milk supply chains. Both primary and secondary data collection methods are used to collect data at three levels of the supply chain; the producer, processor and retailers stages of the supply chain. This study is expected to provide useful insights into ways and means of understanding how chain relations can be improved for the benefit of the entire supply chain members and especially the producers and the consumer of milk products.


Beginn: 01.04.2004 - 31.08.2006
Förderer: DAAD
Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Awudu Abdulai
Bearbeitung: Dr. Eliud Abucheli Birachi