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One-fifth of Africa’s population suffers from severe food insecurity: a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Kenya is among the worst affected countries in Africa; projections indicate that the crisis is likely to worsen. Kenya’s undernourishment rate has been rising, and malnutrition is the single most important contributor to child mortality. Kenya’s food security crisis is at odds with the historical significance of agriculture to the nation. The potential impact of food insecurity on human rights, public safety, and peace are significant. 

In this paired paper and policy brief, Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding scholar Florence Odiwuor focuses on the root causes behind the current crisis in Kenya’s food system and speculates on possible consequences for peacebuilding. She also provides policy recommendations for entities including the African Union, United Nations, the Government of Kenya, civil society, food system actors, and peacebuilding organizations in effort to implement initiatives to enhance food security and the stability of the country.

About the Author

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Florence Odiwuor

Former Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar;
Lecturer, School of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, Rongo University, Kenya
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