Kenya: Year of Storm –

For many Kenyan households, the year 2009 cannot end soon enough.

Even with indications that the economy which last year suffered its worst slowdown in five years is revving back to recovery, it has been a year of surviving one day at a time for many families in the midst of a prolonged drought that left in its wake acute food shortage, high inflation, water and power rationing.

Perhaps it was the World Bank’s country director, Johannes Zutt, who captured the puzzle of growth and pain correctly when he concluded that “Kenya’s economy had weathered the storm and is still standing but only standing still.”

This edition offers insights into sectors that are expected to lead Kenya’s path to recovery and whether next year’s predicted growth rate of 3.5 per cent will translate into a better economic well being for Kenyans. – from

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