Food is a fundamental human right because it is a necessity for survival. According to the World Food Summit 1996;“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”.
Food security has four dimensions; the physical availability of food, physical access to food, utilization of food and stability of the three dimensions. The four dimensions are affected by social status of an individual. It is these dimensions and their relation to social status that form the focus of this research.
Social status is the honor or prestige attached to one’s position in a society. Honor and prestige in Africa is acquired through ranking in the society. An elder in the society has very high social status, the same to a doctor, a teacher, an engineer and any other individual who can afford material things in the community.
At household level, the men in an African society are highly respected compared to the women and children. This is because it is the men who are seen as responsible for providing for their families. Therefore gender is also a contributory factor to social status in our society same to economic status that people to be termed either as poor or rich. The sayings;“the rich grow richer and the poor grow poorer” and “the haves and have not” will properly explain this study and how it affects the relationship between Kenya and the international community especially the Eastern African Region.