Briefing Paper

Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Food in Kenya

“The right to food as a concept recognizes the links between food security, culture and resource rights, and as a legal principle, it requires a state to ensure that people are free from hunger. As a framework to guide policy, research and advocacy, the right to food is gaining increasing popularity among international organizations that address food security and indigenous rights. In recent years, the right to food among Kenya’s indigenous peoples has
been challenged by climate change and state interventions that have resulted in landloss and resettlement. Past policies aimed at pastoral development — such as the Maasai
Group Ranches — have failed in light of their lack of economic, social and
cultural viability.”