In Kenya’s metropolitan areas, there is a critical issue of people not having sufficient food, especially in the capital city of Nairobi.
Individuals who reside in low income settlements earn very low wages for example around 67 percent of the urban poor are casual workers who make about US$130 monthly.
Because of this residents spend over half of their everyday income purchasing meals, since basic food items such as maize flour are costly.
This is because of a blend of surging worldwide commodity prices, poor harvests and post-harvest food losses that have resulted in a sharp growth in the expense of food because 2007.
To make ends meet, households must take fewer foods and statistics demonstrates that over 80 percent of families in low carb settlements do not have access to sufficient nutritious food.
At least one million Kenyans have lost their jobs and there has been a disturbance to food source from rural regions due to containment measures.
In theory, authorities are duty bound to make sure that their people have meals. The realisation of this right to food is if each individual lives in states that permit them to create food or to buy it.
The authorities can fulfil this by placing accountability at the center of food safety policies. For example, by openly announcing that it recognises its duty as Brazil failed using its zero appetite programme and establishing criteria and processes for the implementation of food security policies and programmes.
Additionally, the authorities may also track food production levels and costs while keeping tabs on how food insecure men and women are. Indonesia is a nation that has this particular strategy in place.
In Kenya, there’s still quite a ways to go to make sure this right is enjoyed by all. As an example, there are no steps in place to completely regulate the purchase price of basic needs, especially food.
A vital approach to hold the government accountable is to make sure communities understand they have a right to food. This enables them to need the correct and urges those responsible to set plans in place that realise the best.
Right To Meals Initiative
This works with communities in low cost settlements in Kenya to know their own experiences and engage them in their faith.
The intention is to affect policy decisions involving the realisation of this right to meals. We do so by defining and documenting the realities of the urban poor and their encounters concerning food insecurity.
We then present recommendations to important change agents, like policymakers. This amplifies the voice of communities and guarantees their insights and experiences are a part of the procedure.
Up to now, our initiative has shown that barriers to food access happen mostly as a result of poverty. People today earn too small to purchase sufficient food.
The meals which they can purchase is frequently of inferior quality, not quite nutritious and generated in an environment with reduced food security criteria.
Some metropolitan poor resort to risky plans, for example scavenging for food from dump sites or participating in offense, to find food.
Involvement In The Right To Food
Our first focus was on Nairobi. Moving ahead, we’ll incorporate the County of Kisumu, a job which will finish in 2022. Within these communities that the goals were to engage them in their own right to food, their function and the duties of the authorities in the realisation of their right.
This government’s duty isn’t to take steps that arbitrarily deprive individuals of the right to food. As an example, a finding from our job is the government should deal with the problem of taxation particularly of food staples to be able to reduce food prices for the urban poor.
It was also significant that although highlighting the role that the government should play in providing food communities indicate strategies that could do the job for them. As an example, the communities stated they wanted be permitted to develop their own meals.
This is the point where the dialogues convened from the job were useful. For example, though individuals might want to increase food, it is not always feasible.
The neighborhood may voice the challenges that they face in regards to urban agriculture: a deficiency of agricultural skills, farming property, and cash to purchase inputs like seeds.
After this dialog, the Ministry of Agriculture consented to guarantee agricultural extension officers reach urban poor configurations to encourage urban farmers and enhance the execution of their 2015 Nairobi Urban Agriculture Promotion and Regulation Act, which claims to enhance people’s capability in food production.
This dedication to boost policy is essential, but so is ensuring that these new laws and laws are enforced.
For this end the project is undertaking an audit and review of current policies like the 2017 Food Security Bill and also laws in Kenya so as to recognize the degree to which food safety issues of the urban poor are addressed, and participate for change.
As seen through this circumstance, through public involvement this project can help enhance the communities’ understanding of the idea of the right to food and supply opportunities to explore possible strategies which will work to them.