The paper discusses the impact of AIDS in agriculture which may result in labour shortages forcing
farm households to shift from cash to subsistence crops when food security is being threatened. Cash
crops which require a long investment period may not be suitable for families afflicted by AIDS that
are in need of quick returns to cover immediate medical, funeral or orphan-related expenses, etc.
The country food supply indicators presented in this document are based on information extracted
from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) database, it covers Kenya statistics. Other African countries can be found on the FAO website.
FAO database contains time-series data (starting 1961) for over 210 countries and 1500 items on
the production and trade of primary and derived crops and livestock products; agricultural machinery;
fertiliser, pesticides and insecticides (trade only); land use and population.
These reports are prepared under the responsibility of FAO/GIEWS (Global Information and Early
Warning Service) with information from official and unofficial sources. The reports deals with the
impact of weather on harvesting of crops.
The mission of the Special Programme for African Agricultural Research (SPAAR) is to enhance
agricultural production in Africa by increasing donor co-ordination in the field of agricultural
research. The SPAAR Information System (SIS) complements the registration of national funded projects
in database CARIS managed by FAO. At present over 5400 projects are recorded in SIS which are now also
available on various CD-ROMs.