Kiambu County has embarked on a strategy to boost food security.
Under the plan, the county government is providing certified seeds to farmers with an aim of increasing agricultural production as well as empower farmers in the drier areas of the county to utilize their agriculture rich farms.
While agriculture employs over 40% of the Kenyan population, access to certified seeds in the face of climate change has been a major challenge.
Kiambu County is now turning the tables and aims to increase food production through provision of certified seeds to farmers.
Areas including Ndeiya, Karai, Nachu Gatuanyaga and Ngoliba have depended on food relief as agricultural productivity gets a beating due to poor rains, but Deputy Governor James Nyoro is steadily turning the area into a food production area.
The overall objective of the project is to develop an integrated and sustainable food and nutrition security model in the county in which poor households are given certified seed for drought tolerant maize and beans varieties to help boost productivity.
Agriculture is the predominant economic activity in Kiambu County involving over 80% of the population.
It is the leading sector for employment, food security, income generation and overall contribution to the social-economic well being of the Kiambu population.