Program launched to boost food production

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Program launched to boost food production
March 14, 2013 - Nairobi, Kenya - Women harvest French beans for European Union supermarkets. (Credit Image: © Ric Francis/ZUMAPRESS.com)
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The government 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.  

The 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.

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The bigger global program will be carried out between 2018 and 2020.

Beate Schuchmann, the program team leader in Kenya explained that the study would involve identifying Good Agricultural Practices from various farmers, which will inform formulation of various agricultural policies.

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She encouraged small scale farmers in the arid and semi lands to embrace drought resistant crops most of which had been abandoned.

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The Ministry of Agriculture says the programme will help expedite integration of biodiversity and ecosystem into the general agriculture with a view to enhancing food security.

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The programme 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.

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