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Our (mis)perceptions

Chronic hunger is not a problem.

I have a role to play, but I’m not sure what I can do.

I have food, so food security is not something I need to worry about.

It’s the government’s responsibility.

The ongoing problem of food security

More than 10 million Kenyans countrywide including farmers, pastoralists and fishers, whether living in urban or rural areas and are young or old experience routine hunger and inability to access adequate food.
These women and men need to be part of the solution if we are going to end chronic food insecurity in our country.
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Susan Agola Ongogo, Muhoroni Constituency, Kisumu County. I am one of the 10 million.

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Grace Adhiambo, Dunga Beach, Kisumu County. I am one of the 10 million.

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Musa Lemboi, Tom Mboya Road, Kisumu. I am one of the 10 million.

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Henry Nyongesa, Kitale, Trans-Nzoia County. I am one of the 10 million.

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Mama Muhangi Wanjia, Lubao Market, Kakamega County. I am one of the 10 million.

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Joyce Afandi, Savona Isle, Shinyalu Township, Kakamega County. I am one of the 10 million.

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Grace Ingutia, Ebung'Aya, Kakamega County. I am one of the 10 million.

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Christine Munyasa, Samichi Village, Kabula Ward, Bungoma County. I am one of the 10 million.

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Margret Wanyonyi, Bungoma Town. I am one of the 10 million.

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Mercy Atieno, Lubao Market, Kakamega County. I am one of the 10 million.

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Evans Kiprono Too, Kericho Town. I am one of the 10 million.

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Bernard Mnambala, Mukumu Farm, Kakamega County. I am one of the 10 million.

The Government of Kenya

GOOD INTENTIONS
Agricultural Sector Development Strategy, 2010–2020
Coalition Party Manifestos, 2013–2017
Constitution of Kenya Chapter 4, Part 2: Rights and fundamental freedoms
National Food and Nutrition Security Policy, 2011
BAD REALITY
Misappropriation of public funds
Budgets are allocated in line with profit-driven motivations
The politics of eating
Decisions are made in line with macro trends

Structural and technical explanations for food insecurity

We need to think critically about purely structural and technical reasons of why food insecurity and chronic hunger are a problem. Yes, they are part of the problem, but surely if the good intentions set out in our legislation were implemented, food security would have been solved by now?

Structural Issues

Constraints faced by women, by virtue of their gender.

Access to land and the growing threat of real estate development.

Limited post-harvest management facilities, leading to high food waste.

Weak co-ordination and collaboration between the central government and counties.

Poor transport infrastructure.

Low state investment into demand driven research and extension services.

Lack of irrigation and over-reliance on rain-fed agriculture.

Technical Issues

Climate change.

Poor quality seeds and protection of local seed systems.

Reliance on chemical fertilisers.

Soil degradation.

Polluted oceans and lakes.

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