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Food insecurity is not only a global concern but a domestic reality for most countries as they try to mitigate its impact. On one hand developed countries worry about food safety, while on the other, developing countries are concerned about food insecurity. In 2008, the problem of food insecurity was exacerbated by the food, fuel and financial crisis (also known as the 3Fs). Most worrying, however, is the intensity and magnitude in which food insecurity challenges continue to reoccur. These sentiments were shared by KIPPRA’s Executive Director, Dr John Omiti, as he made introductory remarks at a roundtable on food security. The event was held at the Fairview Hotel Nairobi on Thursday, 8 August 2013, in collaboration with Centre for Research and Analysis Madagascar (CREAM) from Madagascar and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In attendance were senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Concern Worldwide, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Kenya Livestock Producers Association (KLPA), Standard Media Group, the University of Nairobi as well as KIPPRA staff. The debate focused on policy interventions on food security, especially information flow and how they can support the evidence generated through research to inform efficient decision making for policy makers. Some of the key highlights from the meeting include:
– Encourage investments in renewable energy technologies that minimise food-fuel competition and maximise economies of scale
– Promote social protection and safety nets for the most vulnerable
– Support for global and regional free trade through global emergency food grain reserve
– Invest in smallholder productivity and minimise waste as well as over consumption
– Foster adaptation and mitigation measures to climate change
– Ensure up-to-date high quality information, for instance IFPRI has food security portal http://www.foodsecurityportal.org/
– Use an integrated approach by finding synergies between multiple stakeholders
– Identify a framework for organisation of management of food security indicators, especially to map information flows. This includes innovative ways of collecting accurate and timely data from a bottom-up (e.g. information from the farmer to Ministry) approach.
– Formulation of macro and micro level policies that are tailored to make things right
The actions proposed cannot be achieved without up to date, high quality information. Therefore, mapping of food and nutrition security indicators both at micro and macro level is required for effective policy responses.