Thursday, October 15, 2009

Food security in Kenya at lowest ebb in 20 years

John Gachiri in via Business Daily (Nairobi): More Kenyans are in need of emergency food today than they were 20 years ago and the situation may get worse, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) says in a new report. The report, Global Hunger Index (GHI), that measures levels of malnutrition and hunger was released on Wednesday.

It shows that Kenya's hunger rating has moved from "serious" to "alarming". Mr Suresh Babu from the Food, Security, Poverty and Nutrition Policy Analysis says that should the trend continue it could push the country to the "extremely alarming" bracket. "Kenya is a hunger hot spot and the index shows that it has been failing in food security for the last 20 years compared with other countries," the analyst said during the release of the report in Nairobi.

The GHI ranks countries on a 100-point scale, with zero being the best score -- indicating no hunger -- and 100 points being the worst. A score between 10 and 19.99 is ranked as serious, between 20 and 29.99 such as Kenya's means the situation is alarming, and beyond that means extremely alarming.

Although Kenya is ranked in the alarming tier with an index of 20.2 points, should the index exceed the 30 point mark the country could be plunged into the extremely alarming tier where it would share a podium with countries such as Zimbabwe and the Liberia….

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