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Breakfast Meeting on Achieving Sustained Food Supply in Kenya: The Role of Selected Policy Instruments

Date: Thursday, 24th October, 2013

Time: 7.00am - 10.00am

Venue: The Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

The need for increased food supply in Kenya cannot be over emphasized. In the past, food availability in the country has been erratic, fluctuating from year to year thus calling for prudent measures to ensure a smooth supply of food for the citizenry. Over the years, Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development of Egerton University has been involved in research and analysis which is aimed at informing stakeholders on the effects of various policies on food security.

Recently the Institute conducted studies analyzing the effects of various policies and instruments that have been applied in response to challenges in the food and agricultural sectors. The studies carried out include: A Food Situation Assessment 2013, Advances in Kenya’s Policy on GMOs and its Effects on Food Security, and Implications of the Implementation of the VAT Act 2013 on Animal Feeds.  In light of this, the Institute organized a policy forum where findings from the studies were disseminated and discussed. 

The policy forum was organized as a breakfast meeting on Thursday, 24th October 2013 at the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi. It drew participants from a select group of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, research and academia, civil society, development agencies, and farmer organizations, among others.

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Policy Briefs


Date: Wednesday, October 31st 2012 

Time: 7:00am - 10:00am 
Hotel Inter-Continental, Nairobi

The need to contain food prices is critical for every nation and society. While ensuring affordability and accessibility of food for all, low food prices do also help contain inflation thus allowing for increased investment and growth. Kenya has been grappling with high food prices since 2008, a situation that has no doubt contributed to increasing demand for higher wages for workers. While various initiatives and instruments have been used to try and ensure affordable food, the outcomes/results have not been as effective as intended. This is evidenced by the high and rising food prices experienced today. This scenario underscores the need for continued dialogue and deliberation on feasible options that could present better opportunities for ensuring lower and stable food prices and food security for all.

Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University and the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS-ECA), held a breakfast policy forum on Wednesday, October 31st 2012 between 7:00am and 10:00am at the Hotel Inter-Continental, Nairobi. The forum brought together a select group of stakeholders from among others, relevant government departments, private sector and civil society to deliberate on the current state of play of food prices, domestic pricing policies such as the VAT bill, price support, and tariffs, and the role of cross-border trade in ensuring food security in Kenya. The analysis and deliberations focused on maize, which is the key food staple commodity in Kenya. It is expected that discussions at the forum will generate options for addressing the broad challenge of achieving food security in the country.

Policy Briefs

  1. Policy Brief : Potential effects of the imposition of value added tax on agricultural inputs and sifted maize meal 
  2. Policy Brief : How can Kenya better manage maize prices? Effects of import tariffs, regional trade and producer price support


  1. How can Kenya better manage Food Prices? Effects of Value Added Tax , Import Tariffs and Producer Price Support 
  2. Policy options for Enhancing Intra-Regional Trade in Food Staples for Food Security