Food Crisis Ahead: Kenya Will Have a 4.3 million Maize Bag Deficit after Elections

Kenya is likely to sink into a food crisis in August, with an acute shortage of maize, experts have warned.

According to The April Food Status report, there will be a deficit of 4.3 million bags of maize in August, the month of general elections.

But director of crops in Agriculture ministry Dr Johnson Irungu has assured Kenyans that the shortage will be solved by importing five million bags of maize.

Dr Irungu attributed the maize shortage to “drought, poor long rains and the armyworm infestation”.

But the projections point to a bumper harvest, with a surplus of beans (84,000 bags) and wheat (7.6 million bags).