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Food Insecurity among University Students in Kenya: An Analysis of Associated Factors

Otunga. N. Ruth1,*, Makomere N. Julie2, Koross Rachel3, Kiptoo Lelei Kiboiy4, Patrick M. Wangui5, Emoit D. Omuse6

1Department of Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya. 

2Department of Hotel & Hospitality Management, School of Business & Management Sciences, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya.

3Department of Social Sciences, School of Education, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya. 

4Department of Students’ Affairs, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya. 

5Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya.

6Department of Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya.

*Corresponding author: Otunga. N. Ruth

Date: February 24,2023 Hits: 279


The realities of a shrinking economy in Kenya, reduced government financial support to universities, effects of inflation and the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic have exposed university students to hardships including food insecurity. This has happened in the face of high demand for higher education and therefore mitigation measures informed by scientific findings are necessary. This study investigated the factors associated with food insecurity among students in Moi University and University of Eldoret. It was established that food insecurity among university students was prevalent. Family background, stakeholders’ support and financial responsibilities have the highest influence on food insecurity. The high cost of living, inadequate earnings from work-study programs and poor financial management skills were associated factors. It was concluded that the food insecurity compromised the academic performance of students. It was recommended that HELB financial support to needy students should be enhanced, universities need to engage bursary-giving/charitable organizations to support needy students as well as institutionalization of financial management trainings for students.


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Food Insecurity among University Students in Kenya: An Analysis of Associated Factors

How to cite this paper:  Otunga. N. Ruth, Makomere N. Julie, Koross Rachel, Kiptoo Lelei Kiboiy, Patrick M. Wangui, Emoit D. Omuse. (2023) Food Insecurity among University Students in Kenya: An Analysis of Associated Factors. International Journal of Food Science and Agriculture7(1), 41-47.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2023.03.007