At Alliance for Food Security we are committed to playing our part in ensuring that all people have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food at all times. We however recognize that as it stands out now, the ideal situation described above is far from being achieved, it’s still a mirage.
Millions of people across the world continue to face desperate food shortages accelerated by an assortment of factors including but not limited to inadequate water especially for agricultural activities, over-reliance on seasonal rainfall that sometimes fails, use of substandard/rudimentary farming and value addition technologies, negative effects of climate change, inadequate government policies, focus and commitment, limited knowledge on the part of farmers, inadequate marketing channels for farmers, discard of some good, sustainable and drought resistant traditional food crops among communities, prohibitive and stringent tariffs and non-tariffs border rules that hinder movement of food, poor transportation infrastructure that hinders movement of food from food-surplus areas to food-deficit areas, Poor post-harvest management techniques, wars and civil strife, terrorism , corruption, unemployment, over-exploitation of sections of the population by other sections in the same population, incompatible individual, group or communal mindsets regarding food production, laziness, diseases and self-limiting restrictions on what to eat or not.
Since food insecurity is closely linked to poverty, food insecure areas in the world are the embodiment of poverty, some of it extreme. This brings to the forefront the case of Sub-Saharan Africa, which statistics show has the highest poverty levels as well as the highest food insecurity.
Availability of water for agricultural and domestic uses has particularly serious implications on people’s food security and especially the chronically food insecure areas whose people suffer from extreme poverty. About 80% of Kenya’s populations, just like in many other countries in the African continent reside in the rural areas where agriculture is the mainstay and by extension these economies are about 80% dependent on agriculture.
The cumulative effects of the above causes of food insecurity and many others not mentioned herein have precipitated a rapid decline in food security for both households and individuals. Children are particularly most vulnerable to food insecurity. For instance according to FAO (2019), maternal and child under-nutrition contributes to 45 percent of deaths in children under five. Overweight and obesity are on the rise in almost all countries, contributing to 4 million deaths globally. The various forms of malnutrition are intertwined throughout the life cycle, with maternal under-nutrition, low birth weight and child stunting giving rise to increased risk of overweight later in life.
Alliance For Food Security is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Registered in Kenya under Section 10 of the Non-Governmental Organizations Co-ordination Act on the 15th February 2012.
Reg. No. OP.218/051/11-0969/7821
Alliance for Food Security recognizes the gigantic challenge that faces the entire human race regarding our inability to satisfactorily feed ourselves on this planet and with what the planet offers. United Nations authoritatively equally recognized this daunting challenge via its relevant agency FAO (2009) who noted that by 2050 the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion, 34 percent higher than it was in 2009. Nearly all of this population increase will occur in developing countries. Urbanization will continue at an accelerated pace, and about 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban (compared to 49 percent in 2009). In order to feed this larger, more urban population, food production (net of food used for biofuels) must increase by 70 percent. Annual cereal production will need to rise to about 3 billion tonnes from 2.1 billion in 2009 and annual meat production will need to rise by over 200 million tonnes to reach 470 million tonnes.
Undaunted by the massive food insecurity described above, Alliance for Food Security believes that the human race has the potential to do more to reduce if not eliminate the unfavourable gap between the rate of growth of global food production and storage systems and the galloping rate of population growth. This is in line with FAO (2019) observation that the required increase in food production can be achieved if the necessary investment is undertaken and policies conducive to agricultural production are put in place. But increasing production is not sufficient to achieve food security. It must be complemented by policies to enhance access by fighting poverty, especially in rural areas, ensuring food enrichment as well as effective safety net programmes. This will ensure that no populations going forward should suffer food insecurity.
Alliance for Food Security seeks to promote several intervention mechanisms, all aimed at boosting food security in Kenya and beyond.