Food Literacy Forum – Politics of Food | Structural and Underlying causes of Hunger and Food Insecurity in Kenya
Kenyans continue to struggle to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their access to food and enjoyment of their right to food and nutrition. Currently, high inflation, the Russia-Ukraine war, and the drought have exacerbated the situation. According to a UN forecast for October 2022 to January 2023, 1.2 million people will be in the emergency phase and require immediate assistance. Not ignoring the fact that many Kenyans are hungry and that the number is expected to rise in 2023.
In this context, the Route to Food Initiative organized a panel discussion on “Politics of Food | Structural & Underlying Causes of Hunger and Food Insecurity in Kenya” on December 8, 2021. The purpose of the event was to influence and alter the narrative surrounding food security and the right to food in Kenya, as well as to shed light on the structural causes of hunger and malnutrition, such as a lack of political will, power imbalance, poverty, land injustice, reliance on global value chains, marginalization of local production, corruption, and policy inequality.
The event was part of a series of forums on food literacy that began in 2021. These forums are intended to provide a platform for learning and dialogue on a variety of food system-related topics in Kenya.
You can find the full recording here. Join the conversation #FoodLiteracyForumsKe.