The Government launches New Program to Boost Food Production
The government of Kenya and GIZ-Kenya will conduct a study of Good Agricultural Practices which will be shared with small scale farmers as part of efforts to boost food production.
This pilot study dubbed Kenya Country Package also being carried out in other two countries namely India and Tajikistan as part of a bigger global program.
Beate Schuchmann is theprogram team leader in Kenya, “The study would involve identifying Good Agricultural Practices from various farmers, which will inform formulation of various agricultural policies.”
She encouraged small scale farmers in the arid and semi lands to embrace drought resistant crops most of which had been abandoned.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the programme will help expedite integration of biodiversity and ecosystem into the general agriculture with a view to enhancing food security. And will also inform formulation of the food and nutrition policy.
In the past, the government has been accused of undertaking and accumulating research yet it does not share the findings with farmers.
BY: MALACHI MOTANO