Drought pushing food prices up

Kenya, October 6, 2011

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Here's an example of how prices have skyrocketed in Kenya because of the drought.

The conversion rate is simple: 100 Kenyan shilling equals a dollar.

Commodity Regular price Today
1 kilo of rice 40 KS 100 KS
3 liters of oil 250-300 KS 400 KS
1 kilo of maize 50 KS 70 KS
1 kilo of sugar 50 KS 150 KS

I'm told milk powder is also much more expensive now — it's 30 KS for a tablespoon, the quantity someone in a village would buy. It's too costly to buy larger amounts.