The social dynamics of food security in suburban areas: a case study of Dagoretti, Nairobi
Dagoretti is suburb in Nairobi city. There is rural/ suburban and urban Dagoretti and this study concentrated on the rural Dagoretti that comprised of Riruta, Waithaka and Uthiru locations. Food is one of the basic needs in life. Therefore when people are food secure then they are likely to be more productive and healthy. The social dynamics of food security vary from one place to another depending on local challenges. Urban agriculture has been practiced in the world as well as Kenya. It can supplement food and incomes in the cities, towns and the suburbs as well. However, the Kenya Government has no clear policy on developing this important sector. Food security is a global issue that needs to be addressed by all those concerned. It falls under the economic pillar of Kenya's vision 2030 under which Kenya aims to be a middle level economy by the year 2030. Urban agriculture has to be emphasized as it acts as a supplement to other forms of agriculture so that the country can be a net producer of food through good government policies like irrigation or subsidies. Keywords Food security, Social dynamics, Suburb, Suburban and Urban agriculture.