EU pledges Ksh 574M towards Kenya’s food security agenda

Written By: Beth Nyaga

EU pledges Ksh 574M towards Kenya's food security agenda

The government’s plan to boost food security has received a shot in the arm after the European Union pledged to inject Ksh 574 million towards the food security agenda.

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The funds will be injected over a five year period through the Agriculture Financing Initiative Food Safety Programme in partnership with Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust and DANIDA.

The program will cover 13 counties which include Nyandarua, Kilifi,Nakuru, Bungoma Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Embu, Meru, Makueni, Kisii.

Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust Acting Chief Executive officer Charles Nyawade said the programme is a collaboration between the Kenyan and the Danish government to improve food security in the country.

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Banning Hoy Nygaard from the Danish Embassy says the programme will focus on food safety, plant and animal health.

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Meanwhile, former Embu Women Representative Rose Mitaru has urged the government to consider Embu County for food relief.

Mitaru said the county is not among the 13 counties considered as hardest hit by hunger though some areas in the county are in dire need of relief food.

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She has urged the elected leaders in Embu to unite and intervene in the current crisis of hunger and other problems affecting the residents of Embu.

Elsewhere, thirsty Kitengela town residents are jostling to access clean water in a new public kiosk.

The National Government had promised to set up eight kiosks but so far only one is operational.

Ministry of water and sanitation banned all private water selling companies in Kitengela and Athi River in a bid to protect residents from water cartels.

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Kajiado County Government was mandated to put up eight water kiosks at a cost of Ksh 20million while Nairobi Water Company was to spend 10 million shillings on re-routing the waterline and install a meter at Kyangombe distribution center within Kitengela town.

This, however, is not the case as three months down the line, only a single kiosk next to Kitengela Police Station is in operation.

Kajiado County Water CEC Micheal Semera said water scarcity in Kitengela and other Kajiado satellite towns is dire especially now the country is experiencing drought.


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