African Journal of Agricultural Marketing

African Journal of Agricultural Marketing ISSN: 2375-1061 Vol. 3 (8), pp. 241-251, August, 2015. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Gender role in market supply of potato in Eastern Hararghe Zone, Ethiopia*

Mahlet Abitew1, Bezabih Emana2, Mengistu Ketema3, Jeffreyson K. Mutimba4 and Jemal Yousuf1

1Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, Haramaya University, Dire Dawa,


2HEDBEZ Business and Consultancy General Manager, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

3School of Agricultural Economics, Haramaya University, DireDawa, Ethiopia.

4East and Southern Africa Coordinator of Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Accepted 28 June, 2015


Potato is an important vegetable that is produced for food security and income generation. Both men and women households are the major actors in potato production and marketing. However, there are different factors that affect the households' production and supply. In this regard, various research results have identified major causes that hinder sufficient production and marketing. But the results do not reveal the gender difference among households in the production and marketing. The analysis of this study is based on a survey of 400 household heads from three randomly selected districts of Eastern Hararghe zone. Descriptive statistics and linear regression model with Ordinary Least Square were used to analyze determinates of supply. Result of the descriptive statistics showed that there are differences between households in terms of age, dependency ratio, access to market information and quantity produced. The estimate of OLS result reveals that, the amount of potato produced, livestock holding and farming experience are some of the significant variables that affect the households’ level of potato supply positively and negatively at different probability levels. Hence, identifying the various factors in the production and supply of potato will help the households in maximizing their benefit and improve their capacity. 

Key words: Quantity supplied, potato, household heads, quantity produced, ordinary least square, Eastern Hararghe zone.