Kenya: Costly eggs threaten war on malnutrition in poor households

Updated Apr 12, 2022
The closure of poultry enterprises has sparked a shortage of eggs and meat. For the first time in years, the price of eggs has shot up by 25 percent, threatening the fight against hunger and malnutrition in poor households. Eggs have been a popular food and source of high-quality protein in many homes because they could be produced and bought at affordable prices. Low-priced eggs have benefited both the nutritional status of poor consumers, reduced child malnutrition and the livelihoods of small-scale poultry producers. A research done by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in 2016 shows that eggs, meat and milk were widely consumed by poor Kenyans, with these animal-source foods making up nearly 40 percent of their food budget. “Half of this (the food budget) is spent on dairy products,” the research noted. But with an increase in the cost of buying eggs and rearing chicken, not many poor households can afford to buy an egg for Sh15 or Sh465 for a tray as the ...
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