FOOD SECURITY AND THE CRISIS

1/3 Kenyans face food insecurity and poor nutrition. And 26% of children in Kenya are stunted

BEFORE the COVID-19 crisis

These grim stats are now on the rise.

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The devastating paradox caused by the crisis

More food waste

Farmers struggling to sell their produce due to various disruptions and inefficiencies

More hunger

More Kenyans suffer from food insecurity during the COVID-crisis as unemployment rises

Decreased income leads to inability to buy inputs for next planting cycles. Eventually leading to more food insecurity and malnutrition.

Each year, 32% of Kenyans face food insecurity and poor nutrition (KiPPRA), this percentage is on the rise due to current crisis

Families, who were already struggling, grapple with higher food prices and lost incomes driven by the economic repercussions of the pandemic. Most people have no reserves or social safety nets to fall back on whilst having to provide more meals to family members at home all day (due to i.e. school closures and job losses).

At the same time, farmers are experiencing logistical challenges due to disruptions as well as a decreased demand due to lower purchasing power in the market.

Each year, 75% of Kenyans earn all or part of their income from the agricultural sector and 63% of food produced locally is from smallholder farms (UNOCHA). The economic repercussions mean that the people who are dependent on the sector systematically loose revenues which makes it difficult to purchase inputs for their next planting cycles and ultimately a loss of production.

This will have crippling effects on the agricultural value chain and could even lead to food shortages later this year.

As the country struggles through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to help farmers bridge the crisis and to protect Kenya's future food security.

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