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Right to food debate

Members of the Strathmore University Debate Club during the East Africa Debate Championship in Kampala, Uganda.

Strathmore Debate Society, Kenya National Debate Council, and the Heinrich Boll foundation held the right to food debate on Friday 26th July, at the Microsoft Auditorium. The event saw over 200 participants from 12 institutions converge at Strathmore University to participate in the first edition of the right to food debate. Teams would compete in debate, public speaking, and a quiz challenge. The debate was centered around discussing issues on food security.

Students competing in the debate we’re required to give policy suggestions on how to improve food security in Kenya. The event started with a panel discussion, moderated by Miss Layla Liebetrau from the Heinrich Boll Foundation that discussed the various challenges facing the implementation of food security as a part of the Big 4 Agenda.

The debate session consisted of 2 preliminary rounds of the 40 teams present, 16 teams in the quarter-finals, 8 in the semifinals, then the final 4 would face off in the finals. The topics debated were Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), farming as a solution to food security in Kenya, Organic VS Inorganic Methods of Farming, The Use of Technology to improve Farming Methods, and how to Increase access and Distribution to Vulnerable groups in Society. At the end of the tournament, Strathmore University emerged 2nd place behind United States International University Africa.

The Debate Club will be hosting the Mashujaa Open on the 16th, 17th and 18th of August on a new monthly debate series.

To join the Strathmore Debate Council you can send an email to debateclub@strathmore.edu. The club meets every Friday in room B3 at the Sir Thomas More Building from 2 pm to 5 pm.


The article was written by Njuguna Macharia the President of the Debate Club.

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