Kenyans Diversifying Eating Habits Improves Country’s Food Security

“Kenyans have changed their eating habits and consume more food other than the usual maize staple, driving up food security in the country, [Wilson Songa,] a senior Ministry of Agriculture official said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. Although “[k]ey staple foods such as maize and wheat have previously been hit hard by high prices following shortages after bad weather conditions or diseases … [s]tatistics from the ministry showed sluggish maize and wheat consumption in the last 11 months, which increased by 1 percent and 4 percent respectively compared with 2009. … Rice consumption increased 14 percent in the same period. Potato production was at 1.6 million 100 kg bags, against a target of 2.2 million 100 kg bags,” according to the news service (12/22).

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