Kenya

Drought takes centre stage in Kenya's election campaign as food prices rise

By Samuel Okiror

Food shortages, spiralling prices and rampant corruption cast a long shadow over Uhuru Kenyatta’s government ahead of elections in August

The severe drought affecting Kenya, which has driven up the cost of food and fuelled inflation, has become a key issue on the election campaign trail.

Food security has deteriorated since the end of 2016 and conditions remain dire in half of the country’s 47 counties. The situation has been exacerbated by the impact of climate change, and it is anticipated that some regions could reach emergency levels of need by September.

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