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People in Northern Kenya, Coastal regions and some parts of Rift Valley are starving

26th February, 2018

Kenya’s food situation is worsening despite intervention by the government.

A myriad of problems ranging from corruption, weak policies, armyworm invasion, cartels, post-harvest wastage, outdated farming practices and declining soil fertility are to blame for the country’s perpetual woes.

This trend casts doubt on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda of making Kenya self-reliant in food production .

Experts say the country lost up to 10 million bags of maize last year due to post-harvest losses as a result of the armyworm infestation that the government took too long to respond to adequately. In addition, farmers could be holding another 15 million bags due to cash crunch at the National Cereals and Produce Board.