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Launch of Food Security Simulator Tool for Kenya  

KIPPRA, in collaboration with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), launched the food security simulator tool for Kenya on 21st June 2023.

The food security Simulator is an innovative and easy-to-use, MS-Excel-based tool for assessing the potential short-term impacts of food price or household income shocks on food security and people’s diets. The Simulator is an ideal tool for first-cut forward-looking evaluations of direct, household-level outcomes of economic crises and policy responses in a timely manner.

KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi during the launch.
IFPRI Country Programme Leader, Kenya Dr Clemens Breisinger.

The tool allows users to enter positive and negative price or income changes in percentage terms and provides simulated changes for a diverse set of food-consumption- and diet-quality-related indicators. In addition to detailed tabular presentations of all simulation results by household income quintile and residential area, key indicator results are summarized in concise overview tables and visualized in graphs for easy export and use in reports. The underlying data include estimates from representative household survey data and rigorous, sophisticated food demand models to capture consumer behaviour.

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