Experts blame hunger on poor policies
SEE ALSO :Aflatoxin dents Kenya’s food securityJust before the CS’s revelations, grain millers had announced plans to hike the prices of maize flour from Sh75 to Sh100 per 2kg packet. Already, many supermarkets across the country are selling the packet at above Sh75 even before the United Grains Millers Association announced the plan. And now a team of experts from the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) believe the government and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector must quickly change tack for Kenyans to survive this scourge. Kenya’s food security has been threatened by corruption and natural calamities such as droughts and floods that have often forced the government to import food from other countries to salvage its citizens from starving. But AWARD exudes confidence that its platform would promote food security through research and innovation that have not received much attention in the past.
SEE ALSO :'No one has died due to hunger'AWARD has already initiated plans to launch Kenya’s first Ribena juice, one of its innovations. Ndege said national and county governments should engage farmers and other stakeholders in addressing food security. “We need to strengthen mutually beneficial linkages between value chain actors and remove structural and policy barriers through systematic evidence-based research repository,” she said.
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