The Coalition for Constitution Implementation Kenya (CCI Kenya) in conjunction with the Kenyan Peasants League (KPL), the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders Kenya (CGHRD Kenya) and Bunge la Mwananchi (BLM) are concerned about the rising cost of living and are faulting the government’s strategy to address the issue of cost of living as political.
The CCI Kenya, the KPL, CGHRD Kenya and BLM are calling for a more sustainable approach to address the issue of rising cost of living and are asking the Jubilee government to stop politicizing the issue of rising cost of living.
The groups note that the government’s strategy to focus on commercial agriculture as opposed peasant family farming is one of the causes of food shortages and rising costs as over 75% of food on the table is provided by the peasant and family farmers yet government policies have ignored them and have focused on commercial cash crop farming that is not driven by livelihoods but by profit. We are asking for increased investments on peasant family farming to enhance this potential of ensuring food sovereignty.
The groups ask the government to Nationalize Land, Food, Seeds and Oil sectors so that food sector can be saved from corporate capture which is driven by profit as opposed to provision of livelihood with a view of promoting food sovereignty.
The groups ask the government to enhance food storage by building silos and modern storage facilities especially in homes of peasant farmers and should lead in recovering all grabbed agriculturally productive lands in Kenya so as to increase the total acreage under food production.
The groups ask the government to invest on Range Lands so that they can target nomadic pastoralists food production systems especially livestock production systems as a source of food to ensure food sovereignty.
The groups ask the government to address the large land acquisitions in the name of cash crop farming and mineral resource exploration that has driven communities from their ancestral lands and the government needs to ensure full implementation of the Community Lands Laws and enactment of Laws around evictions and resettlement of communities affected by forceful evictions.
The groups ask the government to realize that 75% of labour in the agriculture sector is provided by peasant family farms majority of whom are women hence by investing more in peasant farming, the government will not only enhance food production but will also provide sustainable employment opportunities to the people.
The groups ask government to invest in infrastructural development in rural areas including investing in schools, accessible and quality healthcare services, clean and adequate water, reliable electricity and roads so as to improve conditions in rural areas to spur rural peasant based sustainable and socially just economic systems.
The groups ask the government to address disparities between the highest paid and the lowest paid workers and remove privileges and special protection to those sections of the society that are already highly remunerated.
The groups ask the government ensure full and proposer implementation of article 11 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 that obligates the government to preserve indigenous seeds and plant varieties including promotions of indigenous technologies and indigenous food production systems that are climate friendly. The government need to amend all laws that criminalizes exchange of indigenous seeds, plants and livestock varieties and should invest in enhancing banking of the indigenous seeds, plants and livestock varieties.
The groups ask the government to ensure full and proper implementation of article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 that guarantees all Kenyans right to food, shelter, water, education, healthcare and social security and should also adopt the Kenya first strategy especially regarding protection of local food production systems and Kenyan industries producing basic consumables like sugar.