Qurbani, a Hope for Kenyans to Survive Food Crisis

Qurbani has a history of easing the food crisis in Kenya these past few years. Qurbani meat distribution by Global Qurban-ACT gives hope to the Kenyans to survive food crisis after the prolonged drought that leads to crop failure..

Qurbani meat distribution.
Qurbani meat distribution to underprivileged people in Kenya in 2020. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, KENYA – Kenya once faced a severe food crisis in 2018 due to the crop failure faced by the farmers after a prolonged drought. Andi Noor Faradiba from ACT’s Global Humanity Response said that in Kitui, for example, 180 kilometers from the Capital of Kenya, eastern Nairobi, the majority of the residents work in agricultural and livestock farming.

“The impact of the harvest failure did not only affect the agricultural but also the livestock farmers. They couldn’t meet their livestock's need for food due to the lack of grass. They suffered great losses because their livestock died. The food price was soaring at that time. Many people experienced a food crisis since they could not afford to buy food,” explained Faradiba, Friday (7/2/2021).

At that time, Global Qurban-ACT came to the Kitui area to distribute Qurbani meat to thousands of Kenyans so that they could survive the food crisis.

The effort continues in the following years with the increasing number of targeted beneficiaries. “In 2020, 22 thousand of Kenyans could enjoy Qurbani meat from Generous Benefactors. Meanwhile, this year, the spirit of Global Qurban-ACT to distribute Qurbani meat to underprivileged Kenyans is still high. Moreover, the Kenyans are still threatened by food crisis this year,” added Faradiba.

Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG) estimates that around 1.4 million Kenyans in arid and semi-arid areas are facing crisis or worse outcomes, an increase of 93 percent compared to the preceding long rains season. The situation is caused by several factors including severe drought and low rainfall that has damaged the agricultural sector, and a spike in the emergence of the desert locust pest last February, that caused many crops to be damaged.

“As in 2018, the damaged crop also affects the animal farming. It is difficult for the animal farmers to fulfill their livestock's need for food because there is no available grass on the pasture. It caused the livestock to be skinny and unable to be sold,” said Faradiba.

In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic also caused the Kenyans to earn smaller incomes, worsening the food crisis. In urban areas, the pandemic reduced income-earning opportunities for casual labor, and petty traders. In the rural areas, the indirect impacts of COVID-19 such as increased transportation costs, market supply chain slowdowns, below-average non-agricultural labor opportunities, and reduced remittances have lowered poor household access to food and income, contributing to stressed and Crisis outcomes.[]