36 Million Kenyans do not know for sure where their next meal might come from, and may have to miss a meal, or face undernourishment and poor nutrition, according to a report by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation and other organizations*.
The UN report also states that the number of people in such a position has increased by over 10 million since 2016, from 25.4 million to 36 million.
Millions of Kenyans Faced Starvation
At least 13.5 million Kenyans faced starvation in 2020 says the report, with the number of those being undernourished rising from 10.4 million in 2016 to 13 million in 2020.
Children are hit hardest by undernourishment. The number of children under five who are too thin for their height in 2020 was 300,000 and the number of under-fives whose growth has been stunted reached 1.4 million in 2020, which was admittedly two million fewer than in 2012.
*The report released in mid-July was jointly prepared by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the UN World Food Programme and the World Health Organization.