Global Citizens call on Kenya to lead on nutrition

GCF Mandela 100

On World Food Day, Global Citizen advocates are calling on the Kenyan government to continue Nelson Mandela’s legacy by pursuing the goal of zero hunger. 

In Nairobi, advocates are asking the government to allocate 10% of its budget to agriculture, with an initial ask of US$70M (​7.1B KSh).​ Current spending is 3% to 5% of the national budget. As of 3 October, ​25,724 actions had been taken. ​

On the issue of nutrition, Global Citizens are asking for an additional spending of US$10 per child totaling US$73M (​7.3B KSh).​ As of 3 October, 1​2,800 actions had been taken.

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has the opportunity to leave a strong legacy on nutrition as Kenya approaches its fifty-third year of independence on 12 December 2018. Global Citizens are calling on him to attend GCF: Mandela 100 and announce the additional US$73M in nutrition spending and US$70M in agricultural spending.

“Africa is the only region where the number of stunted children is rising – 50 million in 2000 to 59 million in 2016,” ​said Michael Sheldrick, ​Vice President of Policy & Advocacy at Global Citizen. “Global Citizens​ are asking governments to do the smart thing for their people and their economies: to invest in their country’s future by committing to raise their nutrition and agriculture budgets.”

“​The Chefs’ Manifesto is a community of chefs from all over the world and it’s all about food because food is life at the end of the day. We’re looking for solutions to prevent food waste and end hunger. We’re talking about locally sourced ingredients that are healthy and wholesome. Back home, I cook from farm to fork,​” said, Chef Ali Mandhry.

On World Food Day, 16 October, 2018, Global Citizen will host an event, intended to ​gather local and global actors from across nutrition, agriculture, and food to discuss upcoming advocacy tied to Global Citizen’s Mandela 100 campaign. ​In Kenya, along with GAIN, WFP, DSM, SUN, Unilever, and the SDG2 Advocacy Hub a dinner will be held alongside the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum.

The dinner will bring in chefs from the Chefs' Manifesto to curate a meal, based on how food contributes to achieving the SDGs and the important role local food producers can play.

Global Citizen’s Mandela 100 Festival is presented and hosted by major partner the Motsepe Foundation with support from major partners Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Coca Cola, Big Concerts, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Eldridge Industries, with associate partners from HP and Microsoft.

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over ​$37.9 billion​​ that are set to affect the lives of more than ​2.25 billion​​ people. This year alone, Global Citizens have secured ​29 ​​commitments totaling over ​$2.9 billion ​​that are set to affect the lives of more than ​501 million ​​people by 2030.

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