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Title:The Temporal Efficiency of the Rural Market System in Kenya
Author:Wood, L.J.
Periodical:East African Geographical Review
Geographic term:Kenya
Economics and Trade
Abstract:As a direct result of European influence all markets in Kenya work to a schedule based on the seven-day week. The frequency of market meetings varies from market to market (49 percent meet weekly, 37 percent twice weekly, 9 percent daily, 5 percent three times weekly). No markets meet 6 times per week, one meets 4 times per week and one meets 5 times per week. This gives a total of 1974 market meetings per week. The distribution pattern and periodicities of these markets have arisen gradually as a result of a multitude of independent decisions made within a common framework by numerous local government bodies over the past 45 years. Two questions arise concerning the temporal efficiency of this haphazardly developed rural market system: 1. Is there an equitable temporal supply of rural markets? 2. Is there a temporally efficient arrangement of market meetings at any one market place? The author's conclusion is that in general, despite its piecemeal development, the rural market system in Kenya is temporally efficient. Notes, table.