Kenya has arable land, but needs food security
May 13, 2011
Kenya is facing disproportionate growth in its food and non-food sectors, with much indecision in the area of agriculture, which is stunting its efforts towards a national state of food security, according to the Daily Nation.
"It’s often said that Kenya has potential to produce enough food for its population. A large part of the country is arable," the news source reports. However, in order to achieve food security, much organization and planning still needs to be accomplished.
National food requirements, production stocks, weather forecasting systems and research services are all in need of development.
Kenya has a population of more than 41 million with the median age at only 18.9 years, according to the CIA World Factbook. About 75 percent of the labor force works in the agriculture sector, but only 22 percent of the GDP currently comes from agriculture.
Furthermore, there is an unemployment rate of 40 percent, as of 2008, and about 50 percent of the population is living below the poverty line.
Kenya produces tea, coffee, wheat, sugarcane, beef, port, corn and other products, according to the CIA.