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Kenyans Facing Starvation

Failed rains have added to Kenya’s food security problems

The Global Hunger Report has ranked Kenya among 40 countries with a serious risk of hunger facing a section of its population.

Kenya ranks 84 out of a total 107 countries and has a score of 23.7, which according to The Global Hunger Index is quite “serious”.

The Global Hunger Index incorporates four component indicators: undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting, and child mortality.

According to the GHI report,  23 percent of the population is undernourished. The figure has reduced from 3.4 in the past two decades and the child mortality rate, although decreasing, now stands at 4.1 percent.

The report has attributed the situation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the locusts invasion and climate change.

“The outlook was bad even before Covid-19 but now we have a triple threat in Kenya, including the locust outbreak, the increasing frequency of crisis due to climate change,” said Kelvin Shingles, the Country Director of Welthungerhilfe (WHH), the organisation that produces the Global Hunger Index.

Kitui and West Pokot counties have been reported to have the highest number of children who are stunted.

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WHH recommends governments to increase support for smallholder farmers to become more sustainable, improving access to agricultural inputs and extension services, strengthening local and regional markets as some of the measures to boost food security.

The Global Hunger Index is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at the global, regional, and national levels. The GHI is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the struggle against hunger, provide a means to compare the levels of hunger between countries and regions and call attention to the areas of the world in greatest need of additional resources to eliminate hunger.

 

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