The Global FoodBanking Network and the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic identify policy recommendations designed to decrease food waste, support food donation, and combat climate change in Kenya.Nairobi, Kenya (May 17, 2022) — Today, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) and The Global FoodBanking Network released a new analysis on food donation laws and policies in Kenya and recommendations to help reduce food waste, feed people experiencing hunger, and combat climate change. The research and recommendations were released in partnership with Platter of Compassion Food Banking Kenya, the national food bank of Kenya, as part of The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas, which maps the laws and policies affecting food donation around the world. In Kenya, 40% of food produced–worth about $655 million (USD)–is wasted each year while approximately 37% of the population is food insecure and 36% of the population lives in poverty. Food donation offers an important solution to reduce the amount of safe, edible food that ends up in landfill and divert it to people who need it most. “We produce more food than we need to feed people experiencing hunger. At the same time, the effects of climate change, to which food waste contributes, have become clearer and clearer,” said Emily Broad Leib, clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School and faculty director of the FLPC. “Country leaders around the world, including those in Kenya, can help connect the dots by implementing good food donation policies. We encourage Kenyan leaders to read our research and use our recommendations – developed with stakeholder input from across the country – to take action on food waste, climate change, and hunger.” The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas, supported by Walmart Foundation, identifies the existing laws and policies that support or hinder food recovery and donation, featured in a comprehensive Legal Guide, and Policy Recommendations for strengthening frameworks and adopting new measures to fill existing gaps. The analysis featured in these country-specific reports are also encapsulated in an interactive atlas tool that allows users to compare policies between countries participating in the project. The research focuses on six legal issues that influence food donation: food safety for donations, date labeling, liability protection for food donations, tax incentives and barriers, government grants and funding, and food waste penalties or donation requirements. For each country, FLPC developed recommended actions, including the following for Kenya:
- Produce and disseminate clarifying guidance on food safety requirements relevant to donation;
- Amend the Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods – General Requirements under the Food, Drugs and Chemical Substances Act to explicitly permit the donation of food after the quality-based date;
- Enact national legislation that establishes clear and comprehensive liability protection for food donors and food recovery organizations; and
- Expand Kenya’s Income Tax Act’s income tax deduction to include in-kind food donations to food recovery organizations.
###About the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) serves partner organizations and communities by providing guidance on cutting-edge food system issues, while engaging law students in the practice of food law and policy. FLPC’s work focuses on increasing access to healthy foods, supporting sustainable production and regional food systems, promoting community-led food system change, and reducing waste of healthy, wholesome food. FLPC is committed to advancing a cross-sector, multi-disciplinary and inclusive approach to its work, building partnerships with academic institutions, government agencies, private sector actors, and civil society with expertise in public health, the environment, and the economy. For more information, visit www.chlpi.org/flpc. About The Global FoodBanking Network The Global FoodBanking Network supports community-led solutions to alleviate hunger in more than 40 countries. While millions struggle to access enough safe and nutritious food, nearly a third of all food produced is lost or wasted. We’re changing that. We believe food banks directed by local leaders are key to achieving Zero Hunger and building resilient food systems. For more information, visit foodbanking.org. About Food Banking Kenya Food Banking Kenya is a non-profit that serves as the national food bank in Kenya, with a plan to penetrate all 47 counties over a period of five years. The goal of Food Banking Kenya is to alleviate hunger while at the same time empowering the target communities to generate incomes for self-sustainability through collecting, purchasing, growing, and packaging food for distribution through a network of service agencies and programs that serve our target population groups. About Philanthropy at Walmart Walmart.org represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. By focusing where the business has unique strengths, Walmart.org works to tackle key social and environmental issues and collaborate with others to spark long-lasting systemic change. Walmart has stores in 24 countries, employs more than 2.2 million associates and does business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Walmart.org is helping people live better by supporting programs to accelerate upward job mobility for frontline workers, advance equity, address hunger, build inclusive economic opportunity for people in supply chains, protect and restore nature, reduce waste and emissions, and build strong communities where Walmart operates. To learn more, visit www.walmart.org or connect on Twitter @Walmartorg.