In recent months, the cost of food has been rising all over the country. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has reported a 9 per cent increase in food prices in January alone compared to the same month of 2021.
The prices of basic foodstuffs such as maize flour, wheat flour, rice, cabbage, kale, tomatoes, onions, and potatoes recorded a considerable increase.
The price increase is attributed to the adverse weather changes throughout the year 2021. The fact that the December rains were low in most counties means that the prices may become more unfavorable in the near future.
This leaves more than 2 million Kenyans at a higher risk of starvation.
It is therefore necessary for the government to start planning to deal with food scarcity. This being an election year, people will expect visible action from the politicians.
People are thus urged to elect leaders who can come up with viable plans to deal with food insecurity now and in the future.
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