The State of Food Security in Africa: A Case Study Of Kenya (2011-2013)

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dc.contributor.author Kwatemba, Joyce Ombafu
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-29T14:58:19Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-29T14:58:19Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/6167
dc.description Thesis Submitted to School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements of Master’s Degree in International Relations Development of the United States International University en_US
dc.description.abstract While taking Kenya as a case study, the study was designed to assess the state of food security in Africa. It specifically assessed food production and consumption trends, evaluated efforts being made by the Kenyan government and other players (NGOs) to address food security concerns in Kenya, and explored the challenges and opportunities attributed to food security concerns in the country. The type of design adopted for this particular study was a case study. The study comprised national and county government officials, including the Ministries of Agriculture, World Bank, Kenya Agricultural Research institute (KARI), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and the Red Cross. This thesis utilized both primary and secondary sources. A total of 5 respondents were interviewed (see append ix I). Both qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods were utilized. The study established that on average, the total food production and consumption (primary crops, meat, fish, and milk) in Kenya has been growing over the years but at a very slow rate. The major food crops during the period 201 1-2013 were maize, beans, millet, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, rice, wheat, cowpeas, and Irish potato. Maize remains the most staple food in the country with a consumption of 55% (GoK: 2012). A number of efforts have been directed towards improving the state of food security i n Kenya, including food security-related legal and regulatory reforms. The state of Kenya's food security is riddled with a myriad of challenges, including overreliance on rain-fed agriculture, climate change, increased food prices, land tenure; and land use for agriculture production, low production, and inadequate targeted social protection programmes. The study found that a number of opportunities are available for improving the state of food security in the county. A number of recommendations are proposed by the study, including policy formulation, water harvesting, and stakeholder involvement in identifying, planning, and implementing food security-related programmes. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher United States International University- Africa en_US
dc.subject 2011-2013 en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.subject Food Security en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.title The State of Food Security in Africa: A Case Study Of Kenya (2011-2013) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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