PROMOTING AND ADVOCATING FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTICLE 43 (1)(C) OF THE KENYA CONSTITUTION: ZERO TOLERANCE TO HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION

Status: 
Ongoing

TOWARDS FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY - IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTICLE 43 (1)(C)

 

This project as in its pilot phase 2011-2012, is anchored on implementation of Article 43 (1)(c) which states that; Every person has the right to be free from hunger, and to have adequate food of acceptable quality. The African Women’s Studies Centre plans to complement and support the implementation of the Food Security & Nutrition Policy already developed by the Ministry of Agriculture as well as other initiatives aimed at ensuring food and nutrition security such as National Social Protection Policy of the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Development.

The project also takes cognizance of the many provisions in the new constitution that offer a new system of government where decentralization and people’s participation in policies and programmes is entrenched.

 

The main objectives of the project are: To review institutional mechanisms at National and County level in relation to food and nutrition security initiatives and Schedule 4 of the Constitution and make recommendations for mainstreaming into policy; To promote citizenry participation on development of food security initiatives in a Kenyan devolved system of Government as per article 10 sub-article 2 of the constitution. In addition to that, Article 174 of Chapter 11 of Devolved Government on Objects of Devolution encourages greater participation of the people in making decisions affecting them; To lobby and advocate for greater allocation of resources for food security initiatives by parliament and ensure progressive and timely implementation of Article 43 (1)(c) of the new constitution;  To document women’s experiences in food security policy and programmes; To establish the extent of mainstreaming Article 43 (1)(c) food security concerns to the economic, social and political pillars of Vision 2030 and the achievements of the goals therein.

 

Expected outcomes of the project

  1. Innovative proposals on programmes and interventions at the national and  county levels developed;
  2. Proposals on policy and legal frameworks for the National Food Security & Nutrition Policy developed and shared with the relevant ministries and parliaments;
  3. National Budget proposals on food security tabled before public sector hearings and parliament;
  4. Documentation of women’s experiences with food security and recommendations on how to deal with the problem;
  5. Proposals on institutional frameworks for implementation of food security interventions shared with policymakers, Vision 2030 secretariat and parliamentary committees;
  6. Adoption of food security proposals by County Governments and County Assemblies;
  7. Awareness on food security programmes and interventions created among the public;
  8. Proposals emanating from the public developed at the county level shared with policy makers, parliament and county governments.

 

Major activities within the project include;

  1. Project induction workshop;
  2. Proposals on policy and legal frameworks for the National Food & Nutrition Security Policy developed and shared with the relevant ministries and parliament;
    1. Review of best practices on policy and legal frameworks;
    2. Development of policy and legal frameworks proposals;
    3. Consultations with relevant county representatives;
    4. Consultations with stakeholders, including: policy makers, parliament and Civil Society;
    5. Consolidation and sharing of the final proposals with the Parliamentary oversight committees including the Departmental Committee on Agriculture, Livestock & Cooperatives, Social welfare committee, Research department as well as the relevant ministries and Sector Working Groups in the Vision 2030 secretariat.
  3. Innovative proposals on programmes and interventions at the county level developed;
    1. Consultations with opinion leaders, women, youth, political leaders, and other marginalised groups held in at least 20 Counties ensuring coverage in all parts of the geographical regions;
    2. Consolidation of proposals generated by the counties;
    3. Sharing of the recommendations with the county governments and county assemblies for their input;
    4. Final report on the proposals prepared and shared with the Vision 2030, Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Agriculture, Livestock & Cooperatives, budget committee.
  4. Documentation of women’s experiences with food security and recommendations on how to deal with the problem;
    1. Development of gender aware data collection tools;
    2. Data collection in the 20 counties;
    3. Analysis and consolidation of the data collected;
    4. Sharing of  the findings and recommendations with the beneficiaries;
    5. Publication of the findings and recommendations for dissemination.
  5. Proposals on institutional frameworks for implementation of food security interventions shared with policymakers, Vision 2030 Secretariat and parliamentary committees;
    1. Formulation of proposals emanating from consultations with county level stakeholders.
  6. Adoption of food security proposals by County Governments and County Assemblies;
    1. Customizing of food security proposals to specific counties;
    2. Tabling of food security proposals before County Governments and County Assemblies;
    3. Lobbying for the adoption of the proposals by the County Governments and County Assemblies.
  7. Awareness on food security programmes and interventions created among the public;
    1. Sharing of proposals in the 20 counties for peoples input.
    2. National workshop with County representatives to share proposals and get their input.
    3. Conducting surveys on the level of awareness created on food security
  8. Proposals emanating from the public developed at the county level shared with policy makers, parliament and county governments.
    1. Preparation of food security policy briefs
    2. Sharing of the policy briefs with policy makers, parliament and county governments;
    3. Publication of the policy briefs for further dissemination.
  9. National Budget proposals on food security tabled before public sector hearings and parliament.
    1. Preparation of food security budget proposals.

 

The project will work closely with the Vision 2030 secretariat, Parliamentary Research Department and relevant offices in the line Ministries. At the community level, 20 out of 47 counties will be selected on a criteria based on hunger and poverty indicators and ensure inclusivity, diversity and those counties that are deemed food secure as positive controls. The documented experiences will, as much as possible, be shared with the local community and communities will help develop the sense of ownership of the project by the Centre.

Collaborators: 

Government of Kenya -Donor
African Women's Studies Centre -Implementing Partner
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics -Partnering Institution

Amount: 
Ksh. 81, 000,000.00
Start Month: 
January
Start Year: 
2013
End Month: 
June
End Year: 
2013

Message from the Director

 

Prof. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira, EBS

Director,

African Women's Studies Centre

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Contacts

AFRICAN WOMEN’S STUDIES CENTRE

UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI

P.0. Box 30197- 00100, NAIROBI

TEL: (+254-20) 3318262 Ext: 28075,

Mobile: 0725 740 025; 0710 819 871

EMAIL: awsikenya@yahoo.co.uk; awsckenya@uonbi.ac.ke

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