Every morning, the operators of a small kiosk located in an informal neighborhood in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, bake fresh chapati — a popular flatbread. Chapatis usually cost around 20 shillings (€0.17/$0.17). However, customers can hardly afford it anymore. “Chapati costs twice as much now. Life has become extremely expensive,” one customer at the kiosk complained. Samuel Mose, who heads the small bakery, told DW, that, though prices for wheat flour and sunflower oil have been rising for some time, things are getting worse because of Russia’s war on Ukraine . “We are following the war because we need to know what is happening. Some of the products we use come from those two countries,” Mose said. In Kenya, about one-third of imported wheat comes from Russia and Ukraine. The price increase on the world market is also being felt by the Kenafric wholesale bakery in Nairobi, which produces bread for supermarkets. “The situation is worrying, not only because of the price, but also because of availability,” said Kenafric’s manager, Keval Shah. He regretted that many suppliers had already reduced their contracted quantities because of force majeure. The 2022 Kenya Economic Survey found that most Kenyans are increasingly turning to their savings and… Read full this story
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