The Kenya National Information Platform for Food and Nutrition (NIPFN)

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and Kenya Institute for Public Policy, Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) are executing the National Information Platform for Food and Nutrition (NIPFN) project.
The project which is established by the European Union (EU) with the support from United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFiD) and the Melinda Gates Foundation aims at creating capacity within national institutions to operate a platform using existing data and information; strengthening the capacity to track national objectives to prevent malnutrition and monitor nutrition investment and build capacity to analyse and disseminate information for evidence based decision making.
The overall objective of the National Information Platform for Nutrition is to inform policies and programmes for improving human nutrition by bringing together and analysing information and data from all sectors that can influence nutrition such as health, agriculture, food security, water, sanitation and social protection.
The process of providing evidence to inform policies and programmes will be done through analysing current policies and programmes to identify issues and policy gaps and analyse multi-sectoral data to improve understanding of factors that influence nutrition at national and county level.
The project will maximize on the analysis and interpretation of existing information and data on nutrition to improve understanding of the factors that influence it, both nationally and locally.
The project will help to monitor national and sub-national progress in preventing malnutrition, strengthening the accountability of governments and donors to meet their commitments to prevent malnutrition, create capacity within national institutions to operate and maintain a National Information Platform for Food and Nutrition, strengthen capacity to track progress in meeting national objectives to prevent undernutrition and monitor nutrition investments and build the capacity of national policy makers and programme planners to make better use of evidence in designing and implementing nutrition-related policies.

Members of the NIPFN project during the induction workshop

The project is instrumental in support of the Government development agenda on nutrition and Food Security as spelt out in the Food and Nutrition Policy (FNSP) 2011, the National Nutrition Action Plan 2017 and BIG Four Agenda. The policy places nutrition and Food Security central to human development in the country, emphasizes the need to ensure the right to nutrition and quality food as a constitutional right, provides relevant policy directions and articulates the multi-sectoral approach to addressing malnutrition in the country.

The initiative is aimed at supporting countries to strengthen information systems for nutrition and to help understand the factors driving improvements in nutrition and to use the evidence for prioritizing policies and programmes to prevent malnutrition. Kenya is one of the ten countries earmarked for establishment of the initiative.

The stakeholders endorsed the establishment of the NIPN in Kenya but renamed it National Information Platform for Food and Nutrition (NIPFN) to capture the broad and inter-sectoral scope of nutrition.

Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for December 2019

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases the monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for December, 2019. These numbers were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services. The exercise was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones in Nairobi and in 13 other urban centers.

The CPI increased by 0.90 per cent from 202.94 in November 2019 to 204.77 in December 2019. The overall year on year inflation in December 2019 was 5.82 per cent.Download: Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for December 2019

Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for November 2019

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for November, 2019. These numbers were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services. The exercise was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones located in Nairobi and in 13 other urban centers.

The CPI increased by 0.40 per cent from 202.12 in October 2019 to 202.94 in November 2019. The overall year on year inflation in November 2019 stood at 5.56 per cent. Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for November 2019

The African Statistics Day Celebration

The African Statistics Day (ASD) was adopted in May 1990 at the 16th Meeting of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers responsible for Planning and Economic Development. The day is celebrated on November 18 each year in order to “increase public awareness about the important role that statistics play in all aspects of social and economic life”.

Today, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics joins other statistics offices across the African Continent in celebrating the 2019 African Statistics Day. The theme of this year is “Everyone counts: quality statistics for better management of forced displacement in Africa”, which is in line with the theme of the African Union Summit 2019, that is: “The year of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons: towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa”.

This theme was chosen to raise awareness on the critical importance of disaggregated statistics in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), spirit of “leaving no one behind”, and in response to the challenge of managing forced displacement in Africa.

With an ever-growing number of forcibly displaced persons globally, data is required both at national and international level. Such data are necessary to better understand the phenomenon of refugees and asylum seekers to enable many stakeholders to analyse its impacts, and to measure changes over time and also provide the requisite evidence to support better policy formulation and sound decision making, more effective monitoring, evaluation and accountability of policies and programs; and enhanced public debate and advocacy.

As the principal government agency for official statistics, the KNBS is committed to provide disaggregated high-quality statistics geared towards the improvement of the welfare of those resident in Kenya. The Bureau takes cognizance that evidence-based decision making is a universally recognized paradigm of sustainable development. In fulfilling our mandate of coordinating the National Statistical System (NSS), the Bureau is collaborating with the Department of Immigration and the Refugee Affairs Secretariat to collect, collate, compile, analyse and disseminate refugee statistics. The data is published for both adult and children refugees by sex and age in Chapter 17 of the annual Economic Survey Report produced by the Bureau. Such collaboration is also vital in enhancing concerted efforts culminating in strategies that address forcible displacement.

The Bureau will continue compiling statistics on forcible displacement which are critical for monitoring and implementing international agendas and agreements, particularly the global 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 on the Africa We Want, particularly, “A peaceful and Secure Africa”.

The Bureau is committed to keeping you informed by providing and will endeavour to provide data for policy formulation and monitoring of development progress. The Bureau collected comprehensive data on migrants in the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census which will provides rich data on persons who migrated due to conflicts/disaster displacement, or as refugees and asylum seekers. This information will be availed once analysed for better management of forced displacement in Kenya and Africa.

Director General’s Message on African Statistics Day

Media Advisory ASD 2019-EN

 

2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Results

The total enumerated population was 47,564,296 Of which 23,548,056 were Males, 24,014,716 were Females and 1,524 were Intersex Females accounted for 50.5% of the total population

The population has grown to 47.6 Million in 2019 from 37.7 Million in 2009 The intercensal growth rate has declined to 2.2% in 2019, from 2.9% in 2009

Average Household Size has declined to 3.9 in 2019 from 4.2 in 2009

The 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census was the 8th to be conducted in Kenya and the first paperless, where Mobile technology was used during mapping and enumeration, in adherence to the UN recommendations for the 2020 round of censuses on adoption of use of technology.

The 2019 Census was conducted under the provisions of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 (Fourth Schedule Part 1 Item 11), the Statistics (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the Statistics (Census of Population) Order, 2018 – Legal Notice No. 205. The theme of the census was “Counting Our People for Sustainable Development and Devolution of Services”. This was in response to the demand for statistical information for implementation of Kenya’s development agenda such as the Big Four and Vision 2030 and other global initiatives including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The preparations for the 2019 census commenced in 2016 with Cartographic Mapping. Other preparatory activities undertaken included development of tools, pilot census, recruitment and training, and publicity and advocacy.

The enumeration was successfully conducted from 24th/25th to 31st August 2019 and a mop-up exercise carried out on 1st and 2nd of September 2019, to cover those not enumerated during the seven days. To ensure data quality, field supervision followed a three tier structure (Coordinators, ICT and Content Supervisors) to support real-time response to emerging issues.

 The enumeration process was also monitored by independent observers drawn from the international community and national statistics offices across Africa. The collected data was encrypted and successfully transmitted to servers through a secure ICT infrastructure.

The data that was collected has undergone validation checks as guided by the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the UN Handbook on Editing of Census Data.

Download 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census Volume I: Population by County and Sub-County

REMARKS BY MR. ZACHARY MWANGI, DIRECTOR GENERAL- KENYA NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS, DURING THE OFFICIAL RELEASE OF THE 2019 KENYA POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS RESULTS, MONDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2019, NAIROBI-KENYA.

Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for October 2019

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for October, 2019. These numbers were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services. The exercise was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones in Nairobi and in 13 other urban centers.

The CPI increased by 0.28 per cent from 201.57 in September 2019 to  202.12 in October  2019. The overall year on year inflation in October 2019 stood at 4.95 per cent. Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for October 2019

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product Report Second Quarter, 2019

Provisional estimate of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2019 indicate that the economy expanded by 5.6 per cent, which was lower than 6.4 per cent growth registered during the same quarter in 2018 as shown in Figure 1. A number of sectors posted impressive performances but the overall growth was curtailed mostly by a slowdown in activities of agriculture, manufacturing and transportation. Macroeconomic environment remained largely conducive for growth throughout the quarter under review.

Agriculture’s performance as well as that of electricity and water supply were mostly hampered by a delay in the onset of the long rains. Transportation industry was negatively impacted on by rise in prices of fuel. On the other hand, accommodation and food services; information and communication; wholesale and retail trade; and construction industries maintained high growths and thereby supported the overall GDP growth. Information and communication sector posted the fastest growth of 11.6 per cent during the review quarter followed by accommodation and food services and construction which recorded growths of 10.6 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively. Financial and insurance sector registered the most improved growth of 2.1 percentage points followed by construction sector whose growth improved by 1.8 percentage points. Quarterly Gross Domestic Product Report Second Quarter, 2019

Quarterly Balance of Payments Second Quarter, 2019

During the second quarter of 2019, net inflows of international trade in services decreased marginally to a surplus of KSh 38.3 billion. However, diaspora remittances increased by 8.1 per cent to KSh 80.8 billion boosting the secondary income account to a surplus of KSh 149.2 billion in the second quarter of 2019.

The financial account recorded a surplus of KSh 283.7 billion in the quarter under review from a surplus of KSh 34.3 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2018 following the issuance of the third sovereign bond in the review period. Consequently, the stock of gross official reserves stood at KSh 987.8 billion as at end of June 2019 from KSh 904.8 billion as at end of June 2018, an increase of 9.2 per cent.  The overall balance of payments position improved to a surplus of KSh 94.5 billion in the second quarter of 2019 from a deficit of KSh 33.6 billion in   the corresponding quarter of 2018.

Quarterly Balance of Payments Second Quarter, 2019

 

Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for September 2019

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for September, 2019. These numbers were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services. The exercise was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones in Nairobi and in 13 other urban centers.

The CPI decreased by 0.11 per cent from 201.78 in August 2019 to 201.57 in September 2019. The overall year on year inflation in September 2019 stood at 3.83 per cent.Consumer Price Indices and Inflation Rates for September 2019

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT ON THE 2019 POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS ON THURSDAY 29th AUGUST 2019 AT THE GOVERMENT MEDIA CENTRE, NAIROBI

Thank you fellow Kenyans, for your continued cooperation and participation in the Big Count.

The progress so far is encouraging, and we are confident that the Count will have registered universal coverage by Saturday, 31st August 2019.

We are now on the home stretch. We still have three more days left
– the rest of today, tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday. This translates to 72 hrs count down for today.

We appreciate our enumerators, who have been on their feet for hours each day to count us. They are on their way to you.

Call back card
There are many of us who live alone, and spend long periods away from their homes.

For such populations, enumerators will leave Call Back Card on which they will write their phone numbers and other relevant information and slip it under the door.

Please use this card to book an appointment with the enumerator for them to come to you when you are available.

Security
Security agencies continue to maintain law and order across the country for the duration of the Census, and beyond.

So far, a number of people who have run afoul of the law have been apprehended and arraigned in court.

Kenyans are urged to be vigilant and report any cases of criminal activity to the Census Toll Free Hotline:0800221020

The regular police emergency lines can also be used: 999; 112; 911

Cooperation with Enumerators
We once gain thank Kenyans for receiving the Census enumerators and for taking the time to respond to their questions. This has enabled the process to go on smoothly.

However, there have been reports of cases where heads of households have been hostile to enumerators or refused to be counted.

This is an offence, and contrary to the provisions of the Statistics Act, 2016. If convicted, the law provides for a jail term of six months or a fine of Kshs.500,000 or both.

Census extension
We have received enquiries as to whether the enumeration period will be extended.

In our case, the census period has been seven days with the night of 24/25 August as the reference night. This is ample time for the exercise to be adequately implemented.

In addition, the date for opening of schools was pushed back by one week in order to ensure that teachers and students would be at home for the count.

There will be no extension.

Extraneous allowances
All village elders, chiefs and sub-chiefs including administrative officials who participated in the census exercise will be facilitated.

USES OF THE CENSUS DATA 
Kenya is one of the few African countries that have held censuses every ten years since independence. In this area, Kenya is also unique in that the census is fully financed through taxpayers’ money, which underscores the importance that the Government accords this national exercise. Let me take this opportunity to share with you some of the uses that will be made of the data being collected through the census.

By Government
For the Government, census data is the most crucial ingredient for facilitating evidence-based planning processes. Given that the data is being collected from the lowest administrative level, it will help the country to ensure that non one is left behind as we progress in the middle income status in line with Vision 2030, the Big Four Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Another critical use of the data is in guiding the Government on the location of important public amenities. Planners will use the information on the number of people to forecast the demand for among others, schools, hospitals and administrative offices for the next ten years.

By businesses
One of the census questions on ICTs focuses on online transactions. This information will provide insights about the potential for e-
commerce in the country. The very high penetration of mobile phones in Kenya presents a huge opportunity for e-commerce.

Census information will also help in determining location of premises, social amenities, establishing the demand for goods and services as well as determining availability of human resources.

By Research and academic institutions
The data will provide research and academic institutions with an up- to-date reference point for interpretation of Kenya’s demographic reality.

By civil society
The civil -society sector will find the data critical for the design and implementation of social programmes.

For international relations
In the community of nations, countries know each other based on national data, particularly population. Kenya will stand tall and proud because it will not only be the most comprehensively done survey in the country’s history, it will also be the first paperless census for which the enumeration process will be fully digitised.

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