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Working towards Food Security

world is getting more and more urbanized and Kenya is not being left behind. Over half of the world population now live in cities. Urban population growth is a factor of both local births and immigrations from rural areas. It is estimated by the World Urbanization Prospects, 2018, and the Global Cities Institute, that the population of Nairobi City will be 7,000,000 in the year 2030 and 14,000,000 in 2050.

Food supply must grow at the same rate as human population growth rate so as to achieve sustainability and social stability; this is a huge public policy issue that calls for major directions. The world is already responding to the imminent situation by galvanizing the necessary attention and capacities under Goals Number 2 and 11 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact is a commitment by managers of cities to address societal problems of food production, distribution, processing and consumption so as to sustainably achieve urban food and nutrition security. Nairobi City assented to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact in 2016 and implementation is going on.

The Secretariat of Milan Urban Food Policy Pact has developed a set of 44 indicators whose monitoring would provide evidence whether a city is on the right track in achieving the objectives of the Pact. A pilot project that set out to test the use of indicators monitoring framework was implemented in Nairobi from April to October 2019. The full report of the pilot project is available here .

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