Our health is a direct reflection of what we eat. Adequate, quality, safe, culturally acceptable and accessible food are key components of good nutrition. Good nutrition status on the other hand contributes to good physical and mental health.
It is in light to this that governments and key decision makers have highlighted food security as a key indicator of economic development. On a global level, Goal 2 of the sustainable development goals, Zero Hunger, pledges to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
The Kenyan constitution on the other hand clearly refers to the right of each individual to be free from hunger, and to have adequate food of acceptable quality and to clean and safe water in adequate quantities; Article 43 1 (c & d) in context of the economic, social and cultural rights.
In recent years some factors relating to food and nutrition have become of concern. These are; nutrition related non-communicable diseases, lifestyle practices, genetically modified organisms, antimicrobial resistance, nutrition transition, food contaminants (e.g. heavy metals), highly hazardous pesticides, food additives, added improbable health claims on processed foods, advertising that targets children, inadequate regulation of the food systems, food adulteration, climate change, food borne illnesses, unpredictable resource allocation indices owing to the dramatic rise in agricultural commodities and food prices among others.
In relation to food and nutrition, Growth Partners Africa aims to address issues such as;
- To promote food sovereignty as opposed to food security.
- Food prices.
- The role of small scale farmers in the Kenyan food system.
- Ecologically sound and sustainable agriculture as a means to sustainable livelihood sources.
- Key policies and advocacy areas.
- Awareness creation among communities on issues relating to good nutrition.