In January 2024, consumers in Kenya faced increased food prices, contributing to a rise in inflation to 6.9 percent. This trend contrasts with the previous two months, where inflation had declined, dropping to 7.3 percent in July and further to 6.6 percent in December.

Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) indicates that changes in food, energy, and transport prices, which constitute approximately 57 percent of household expenditures, were the primary drivers of January’s inflation.

Specifically, the prices of cabbages, carrots, oranges, and Irish potatoes rose by 10.0, 7.4, 3.1, and 1.7 percent, respectively, between December 2023 and January 2024.

Despite efforts to stabilize prices, consumers continue to grapple with the impact of rising food costs, reflecting ongoing challenges in the economic landscape.

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