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Kenya — Starvation and Food Insecurity in the Land of Plenty
Institute for Global and Community Resilience Field Report
  • Gigi Berardi, Western Washington University
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Publication Date
1-1-2009
Abstract

My last month in Kenya has been sobering. Ten million Kenyans were reportedly facing starvation. There were daily reports on affected districts, those most vulnerable, and the government’s mishandling of the disaster. Newspapers reported heavily on the incompetency of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), which is responsible, under the guidance of Trustees, in maintaining a Strategic Grain Reserve of about 6 million bags of maize cereal. How best to do this? An obvious way is through purchase of local grain supplies. Despite drought and resultant famine, poor infrastructure, high farm input costs, serious planting disruption after last year’s post-election violence, and destruction of grain stores in the same violence – food is available. Maize, a Kenyan staple, is available.

Citation Information
Gigi Berardi. "Kenya — Starvation and Food Insecurity in the Land of Plenty" Institute for Global and Community Resilience Field Report (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gigi_berardi/21/