Kenya’s food security to remain stable until September

Kenya’s current level of food security will remain stable until September, a new report has revealed.

The study, compiled by Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS Net), an agency which provides early warnings and analysis on food insecurity, says the expected average long rains harvest period from September through to December will boost the country’s food security.

FEWS Net projects that the long rains will largely be average, dismissing rumours that Kenya is facing a maize shortage.

This comes after the government last week promised to release a total of one million bags of maize to the Cereal Millers Association (CMA) in a bid to curb the price of flour that has risen for the past two months.

“Whereas the rains have been above average in high and medium potential agricultural areas, poor temporal distribution, which resulted in a lengthy dry spell in May and June, caused moisture stress to crops in the field,” FEWS Net said.

According to the report, with the resumption of the rains, most of the crop in the field is expected to recover from moisture stress, but some plants are unlikely to recover and develop to maturity.

“As a result, production is likely to be just average. In addition, the long rains harvest from the marginal agricultural areas, though expected to be below average, will also boost the national food stocks,” it said.

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