Kenya: Policy Highlights and Opportunities
Each year, approximately 40% of the food produced in Kenya goes to waste amounting to an estimated KSH 72 billion (USD $654,545,448) a year. At the same time, approximately 36.5% of the population faces food insecurity.
Atlas Research: Kenya
Kenya research was published in May 2022 and was made possible with the advice and support of our on-site partners, including Food Banking Kenya.
Kenya’s date labeling scheme aligns with best practices of distinguishing between safety-based and quality-based labels. However, the government could promote awareness about the meaning between the labels and explicitly permit the donation of food after the quality-based date in the law.
Policy Opportunities and Recommendations
Kenya’s Income Tax Act does not provide any incentives for in-kind donations, such as donations of food. To ensure businesses (both donors and distributors) receive proper tax incentives and sufficient information to participate in food donation,
the Kenyan government should expand Kenya’s Income Tax Act’s income tax deduction to include in-kind donations to food recovery organizations.
Food Safety for Food Donations
In Kenya, food donations are not explicitly mentioned in food safety law or guidance. The government should establish standards specific to donated food also produce and disseminate clarifying guidance on food safety requirements relevant to donation.
Liability Protection for Food Donation
Kenya does not provide explicit legal protections for food donors and food recovery organizations. To ensure that liability concerns related to donating food do not deter potential donors, Kenya should enact
national legislation that establishes clear and comprehensive liability protection for food donors and food recovery organizations.