Brokerage in the borderlands: the political economy of livestock intermediaries in northern Kenya

Tobias Hagmann, Philemon Ng'asike*, Oliver Wasonga

*Corresponding author

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This article argues that brokers are key actors in the cross-border
livestock trade between Kenya and Somalia, where formal
regulations are weak or absent. We elucidate the economic and
social rationales for livestock brokerage as well as a series of
brokering practices taking place at the intersection of profit
making, kinship and trust. Besides producing social capital based
on trust, brokers facilitate the formalization of livestock trading
by linking livestock production sites in southern Somalia to
consumer markets in Kenya. Brokers thereby take on various roles
and functions that contribute to integrating markets across
fragmented territories. Based on extended fieldwork conducted in
and around Garissa livestock market as well as in Nairobi, the
paper outlines the political economy of livestock intermediaries in
the important Somali-Kenyan cross-border livestock trade.
TidsskriftJournal of Eastern African Studies
Antal sider22
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2020

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