Households in Rusinga are considered to be food insecure at 38%. Food insecurity problems is both acute and cyclical because of the deteriorating weather patterns and collapse of traditional coping mechanisms. Rusinga is a semi-arid land and drought and other calamities necessitate importation of essential commodities from the neighboring counties. Subsistence farming, which is the type of agriculture practiced by the people of Rusinga is becoming unviable due to increased changing weather patterns brought about by global warming, lack of water, animal diseases, poor marketing and reduced grazing lands due to poor land tenure. The food consumption patterns are always far from the norm at an average of 1.5 meals per household per day rising to a minimum of 2 meals per household per day. Such trends are evident in the area making school to supplement meals by providing school feeding programs to cushion children from malnutrition.
Our agricultural activities (horticulture, animal keeping etc) are expected to improve through adoption of modern technology that will ultimately lead to higher yields and therefore result in enough food in the households and better nutrition for children and family members..