Gambling on life in East Africa

We are lobbying the UK government to demand tighter regulation of commodity speculation, which our report The Great Hunger Lottery reveals creates market volatility and sharp rises in the price of basic food commodities.

Maize, the staple food in Kenya, is gambled on in global commodity markets. In 2008, maize was subject to a 100% cost increase, which meant that many of the poorest people in Kenya went hungry, lost their livelihoods and suffered health problems.

In July 2010 some of our staff went to Kenya to speak to people about the effects of the food price rises. Here are some of their stories.