The Crisis Continues

Sometimes it’s hard to keep remembering that the food crisis in East Africa is still happening.
Day-to-day life intervenes and the days, weeks, and months pass. We can’t focus as much of our attention on the horrors of famine that isn’t being played out on our doorstep. But those suffering can’t forget.

Inflation in Kenya has reached over 13%, almost solely due to the increase in food prices. Whilst some prices have now stabilised or even fallen slightly, others continue to rise as supply dwindles.

Empty supermarket shelves

Price Increases

Unga (maize flour) – up 31%
Sugar – up 21%
Milk – up 12%


  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Unga
  • Vegetables

What is being done on a national level?

The Kenyan government reduced or eliminated import tariffs on staple foods and introduced subsidies.
A national disaster has been declared and £99.5m ($128m) committed to a response.
450,000 tonnes of corn was imported (Kenya usually consumes 288,000 tonnes per month).
An additional 150,000 tonnes of sugar have been imported.

What does this mean in Kibera?

  • Unga is still rationed to 2kg per family and unavailable to those without children.
  • Sugar is increasingly difficult to purchase and prices are unpredictable from day to day.
  • Some vegetables, notably cabbage, are now so expensive that nobody in Kibera can afford to buy them.
  • Meat is almost completely off the menu.
  • Milk consumption by young children has significantly decreased leading to concerns about future health problems on a large scale.
  • Families are eating more sweet potatoes, rice and chapati and less ugali, vegetables, meat, and dairy products.
Roadside vegetable stall in Kibera

In Better Times

What about Future Stars and Chaffinch?

Receipt for Chaffinch food purchases in August 2017

In response to the higher prices of basic foodstuffs, Chaffinch continues to send extra funds to ensure the children can access enough to eat.

The menu has changed.
Ugali is no longer consumed every day. It has been replaced by increased portions of rice, of chapati, and the new addition of sweet potatoes.
More eggs are being purchased to supplement the children’s diet.
Fermila is not provided every day, and nor is chai regularly available to the non-residential children.
Vegetables are rarely purchased and are therefore limited to what is available in the Future Stars shamba.

purchased food for Future Stars

What do we need?

Clearly, the cost of feeding the children is higher than ‘normal’.
Many in Kibera are surviving on just one meal a day. But we are committed to ensuring all of the children in our care receive adequate nutrition and this means providing an amended but complete menu.

We appreciate that constant demands for donations can be tiresome, and that our supporters can’t possibly hand over their cash every time. But did you know that there are many other great ways to provide finance?

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