Global food prices are at an all-time high due to a combination of factors including logistical challenges and rising oil prices.
Closer to home, the East African region experiences a cyclical drought every five years. This year being no different, the region has experienced a prolonged and severe drought that affected the region and impacted maize grain supplies.
The Government has taken the necessary interventions needed to make vulnerable households food secure through the subsidy-backed programme that has capped the retail price of the 2-kilogramme maize flour brands at Ksh100.
Since the introduction of the maize subsidy programme in late July,the Cereal Millers Association (CMA) members have seen an unprecedented surge in demand from their consumers for subsidized maize flour.
This surge in demand is as a result of:
1. Consumers are enjoying the benefits of subsidized Ksh100 price by buying
above average stocks.
2. Consumers stocking up ahead of the August 9, 2022, General Elections.
Although the supply of maize grain has improved, millers are still struggling to meet
this increased demand. We are however confident that as supplies of maize grain
improve from local and regional harvests, more flour will become available to
As always, the CMA remains committed to providing safe, affordable, and nutritious food to its consumers.