Home Impact Feeding the Hungry

Kenyans first saw food prices rise in the wake of violence sparked by a disputed December 27 election.

The violence killed 1,200 people, destroyed thousands of shops, ruined countless businesses, and displaced at least 350,000 people from their homes. Many of these people were farmers who sold produce to their neighbors.

Since then, prices have gone up for just about everything - from kale, fish, and onions to flour, corn, cooking oil, and charcoal.

Now global food price hikes, as well as rising fuel costs, are likely to exacerbate a national economic swoon brought on by the violence. Already, Kenya's government is warning that some traders are hoarding crops in anticipation of even higher future prices.

Kibera, where tin-roofed homes sit tightly along dirt footpaths, is one of the world's largest slums. People here say they no longer eat to feel sated, but just to survive until food prices go down again. Once important dietary staples like meat, beans, and sugar are now considered luxuries.