At least five million Kenyans in urban slums and rural areas are highly food insecure, according to the findings of a national food security assessment. “About 1.38 million people in rural areas will not be able to meet their minimum food requirements in the coming six months without external support,” said the report released Aug. 31 by the Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG). Preliminary indications revealed that between 3.5 and 4.1 million slum-dwellers were highly insecure because of rising food prices and declining supplies, up from around 3 million in 2007. (IRIN)

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