The use of kerosene in Kenya has dropped due to erosion of purchasing power by poor households.
Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) showed that Kerosene experienced a consumption decline to 128,580 tonnes in 2020 compared to 168,300 tonnes in previous times.
Petrol and Diesel use declined by 3% and 2.5% respectively based on the restriction of movement after the government implemented Covid-19 containment measures.
Even though retail prices for kerosene dropped to 84.6 Kenyan shillings per litre, it did not drive up consumption. This is showing that poor families had reduced income and had to cook and eat less.
According to a survey by World Bank in 2020, reduction in food consumption was the most common coping mechanism for most households affected by Covid-19.