Kenya Eyes Stronger Partnership With UN To Hasten Agric Transformation

0

Kenya will refashion its partnership with UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) to inject vitality in food production systems against the backdrop of rising hunger, malnutrition and environmental risks, official said on Thursday.

Willy Bett, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, said that a robust engagement with FAO in diverse areas like agronomy, market linkages and ecological protection would improve the country’s capacity to feed its population.

Bett made the remarks in Nairobi during the 40th anniversary celebrations since the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation commenced operations in Kenya.

He said “we anticipate improved working relationship with FAO and other bilateral allies to implement programmes that combat hunger, malnutrition and promote climate resilience in agriculture sector.”

He added that FAO had in the last four decades partnered with the national and county governments to enhance agriculture productivity through enactment of robust policies, capacity building, research and technology transfer.

He explained that “FAO supported the revival of aquaculture and livestock sectors to achieve food and nutrition security in Kenya.

“It also partnered with us in strengthening food safety and sustainable natural resources management.”

According to him, Kenya looks forward to a vibrant engagement with FAO in programmes aimed at reducing food waste and improving data collection in the agriculture sector.

“As a country, we are ready to harness expertise and global experience from FAO to make the agriculture sector more sustainable, profitable and youth friendly,’’ Bett stressed.

The FAO Representative in Kenya, Gabriel Rugalema, said future collaboration with Kenya would revolve around three areas that include boosting crop production, enhancing climate resilience and data collection.
He revealed that FAO was currently providing technical support to facilitate development of Kenya’s agriculture sector transformation and growth strategy.