Publications
Market Analysis, Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
23 June 2014

The Kenya market watch report is produced by the VAM unit of the World Food Programme Kenya on a monthly basis. Wholesale price data for maize (which is Kenya’s staple) and beans from the State Department of Agriculture (SDA) for Eldoret, Kitale, Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kitui, Malindi and Taveta are analysed. The Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru markets are indicative for urban consumers. Kisumu is a large urban market located in a deficit area with marginal agricultural productivity. Eldoret and Kitale markets are in high potential areas and located in the western Kenya grain ‘basket’ zone. Kitui, Malindi and Taveta markets are located in south-eastern and coastal marginal agricultural zones which are also deficit areas. Taveta is a crucial cross-border trade point (Kenya-Tanzania). There are large regional differentials in prices of all commodities across Kenya, with the highest prices experienced in the marginal arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya. The update is divided into three sections: price trends analysis, production and import situation, and other issues including: Inflation, fuel pump prices and policy news.

Market Analysis, Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
30 April 2014

This bulletin provides information on price changes for the most commonly consumed staples and their potential impacts on the cost of the basic food basket.

Market Analysis, Food Security Analysis
31 May 2013

The objective of this survey is to better understand how markets function on in the Arid Lands and what capacity they may have to respond to increased demand. It explores the feasibility of alternative transfer delivery mechanisms in the Arid Lands based on cash or vouchers. This will inform decision makers when programming food assistance and livelihood interventions including how these options impact on gender dynamics. The analysis focuses on the market systems with different supply side actors and their behaviour, the enabling environment and how markets perform with regards to food supplies, e.g. how are markets integrated and whether prices exhibit seasonal and volatile patterns.

Crop and Food Assessments, Livelihoods, Livestock Prices, Market Analysis, Food Prices, Food Security Analysis
9 August 2012

The Kenya Food Security Outlook for July - December gives an overview of the food security situation in the country for the second half of the year.

Baseline Assessments, Livelihoods, Market Analysis, Urban Food Insecurity, Food Security Analysis
18 June 2012

The rapid growth and urbanization of Kenya’s population has resulted in a changing poverty and food security environment in high-density urban areas. Urban dwellers represent an increasingly important share of the food insecure and malnourished yet little is known about the characteristics of urban food insecurity and malnutrition necessitating the need to undertake a baseline survey that would comprehensively analyse the urban food security and vulnerability in Kenya.

Market Analysis, Food Security Analysis
31 January 2012

A detailed market and household baseline survey was conducted from November 9 to 26 2011 in order to get a clearer understanding of markets and food security conditions. The household section provides baseline information on food security, including income generating activities among other indicators. The market section provides information to determine the adequacy of markets to support cash transfer interventions and baseline data on prices to allow the monitoring of the impact of the intervention.

Market Analysis, Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 July 2011

The Market Analysis Sub-group of the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) monitors cross-border trade of 88 food commodities and livestock in 26
cross-border markets in eastern Africa in order to quantify the contribution of formal and informal cross-border trade to food security in the region.

Market Analysis, Food Security Analysis
31 December 2008

This report, based on detailed literature review and discussions with selected key informants, presents a summary of current evidence and understanding of the impact of HFP (High Food Prices) in the Southern Africa region.

Market Analysis, Food Security Analysis
9 October 2008

This assessment provides information on price changes for the most commonly consumed staples and their potential
impacts on the cost of the basic food basket.

Market Analysis, Food Security Analysis
31 July 2008

The sustained rise in food and non-food prices is expected to accentuate food insecurity among the most vulnerable livelihood groups especially the urban, pastoral and marginal agricultural households.