Healthy diets in Kenya are becoming increasingly unaffordable to many households, a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is warning, according to the latest Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition Report. Over 50 per cent of the households cannot afford a nutrient-adequate diet.
Africans face some of the highest food costs when compared to other regions of a similar level of development. Nearly three-quarters of the African population cannot afford a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and animal proteins.
Nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables and animal proteins, are relatively expensive when compared to staples such as cereals and starchy roots.
An energy-sufficient diet, which supplies a bare minimum of energy and little else, is out of reach for over 10 per cent of the continent’s population. Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world where the number of stunted children continues to rise.