NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Tuesday unveiled strategies to boost
food security and help curb rising cases of malnutrition.
The documents named
Kenya Food Composition Tables 2018 and Kenyan Food Recipes 2018
are produced by the ministries of health, agriculture,
livestock, fisheries and irrigation with technical and financial
support from the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki while launching the guidelines
in Nairobi said they contain food composition data, which forms
the basis for most aspects of food and nutrition.
“I am calling upon
all food and nutrition security stakeholders to support the
government in disseminating the documents to the end users who
are the county governments and the implementing partners. My
commitment is to ensure that the updating of food composition
data becomes a routine activity,” said Kariuki.
She noted that while
there has been some improvement to boost food production in
Kenya, a majority of citizens are still food insecure and face
“We are currently
experiencing the triple burden of malnutrition mainly under
nutrition (underweight, stunting and wasting), overweight and
obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. One in four of children
under five years are stunted, 11 percent are underweight and 4
percent are wasted,” she said.
“I am here to assure
you that that government is committed to ensuring food and
nutrition security as envisioned in the Kenya Vision 2030, the
National Food and Nutrition Security Policy 2012, the Big Four
Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” she