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Food crisis in Nairobi’s slums

Concern Worldwide, along with Care and Oxfam GB, have been conducting analysis of the food crisis in the Nairobi slums in Kenya.

The findings of this analysis will be launched at the Jacaranda Hotel in Westlands on Tuesday 28 April from 10am to 1pm

Nutrition and health

Attending this event will be the Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the Minister for Special Programmes, Naomi Shabban. Representatives from government ministries and NGOs working around nutrition and health will also be attending. 

Changing for the worse

This analysis comes in the wake of the realisation that the poor in these slums have always struggled to earn enough to feed their families and cover their basic needs. The situation has now changed for the worse. 

Rising prices

The effects of the recent post-election violence, the current food crisis and the global financial crisis have forced the poorest people over the edge. In some slums, the price of maize has escalated by up to 133%. There has been up to a 65% increase in the price of cooking fuels, water and other essential items. 

People are trying to cope by reducing the quality of food, cutting back on meals, taking children out of school and not visiting health facilities. High-risk options such as prostitution, crime, illegal brewing and child labour are all on the increase. Over 1,000 children at any one time are seeking treatment for severe malnutrition.