Workshop on Kenya’s Recurrent Challenges in Ensuring Food Security: Short and Long-Term Options/Strategies

Workshop on Kenya’s Recurrent Challenges in Ensuring Food Security: Short and Long-Term Options/Strategies

Venue: Hilton Hotel,

Date: Nairobi 22 March, 2012

Food security continues to be an important national policy issue in Kenya. The country has in the recent years faced frequent and recurrent food security challenges resulting from, among other things, spiraling food prices, high input prices, prolonged and severe droughts, and high inflation rates. As a result, a large section of the population, and particularly vulnerable groups such as the pastoralists, internally displaced people, and the poor have had to grapple with inadequate access to food, sometimes resulting into severe hunger and loss of life. This trend is likely to repeat itself in the current year despite many initiatives and actions by various stakeholders. The Kenya Meteorological Department has announced that some parts of the country would experience depressed and poorly distributed rainfall, while flooding may occur in other areas during the March-May 2012 period. This suggests potential disruption in domestic food production and supply from the long rains season. These circumstances suggest an urgent need for preparedness through prudent policy measures to manage food supply and access. In the light of this, Tegemeo Institute of Egerton University organized a policy workshop to provide a forum for discussion by stakeholders in the food sector with the aim of making recommendations on viable strategies and policy options that could address Kenya’s recurrent challenges in ensuring food security for all. The discussion at the workshop focused on the food situation in the country; trends in production and consumption of main staples and implications of various policy interventions; domestic production costs and parity prices for main staples; co-movement in international and domestic food prices; and use of external trade policy instruments in managing food imports in Kenya, among others. The workshop drew participants from a wide spectrum of stakeholders which included relevant Government Ministries (Agriculture, Livestock Development, Finance, Special Programmes, Water and Irrigation, office of the President, among others), Donor agencies, NGO’s, private sector especially the millers and input suppliers, farmer organizations, maize importers and traders, Research Institutes and Universities, Consumer organizations, National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), Kenya Meteorological Department and Tegemeo, among others.

Proceedings of the Workshop on Kenya’s Recurrent Challenges in Ensuring Food Security: Short- and Long-Term Options/Strategies - PDF