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Nairobi’s food strategy

In regards of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals n°11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” and the National Food and Nutrition Security Policy, The Nairobi City County government has studied its food system, by identifying its gaps, to influence it towards sustainability, through a largely detailed food strategy.


The city of Nairobi faces numerous challenges such as water-deficiency, both for human consumption and agriculture, river pollution, and a lack of available land for agriculture purposes. More precisely, the food system is largely informal, undocumented, uses poor quality food production inputs and is costly in terms of approval and processing.


The strategy consists in a 5-year implementation plan which will cost 8.6 billion Ksh in the 5 years. In the meantime, the Nairobi City County Assembly will oversight a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan. While the food system will be operated largely by the private sector, the county government will provide development interventions and capacity building activities and will offer the public good services, such as regulation, extension services and information. 


The strategy aims at providing an affordable, accessible, nutritious, and safe food for all Nairobi City County residents, essentially by increasing food production, stabling food supply and incomes, reducing food losses and providing good welfare of food consumers.

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