Kenyan bets on private sector investment to realize food security goal

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-20 00:38:33|Editor: yan
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NAIROBI, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Kenya will harness capital, skills and technologies from industry to transform the agriculture sector and achieve the Big Four Agenda on food security, officials said on Monday.

Andrew Tuimur, chief administrative secretary in the ministry of agriculture said that robust state-industry linkages are key to revitalize food production amid soaring demand linked to rapid population growth and urbanization.

"Food security is one of the most important Big Four Agenda (food security, affordable housing, universal healthcare and manufacturing) that will impact on the rest and the government will partner with the private sector to provide incentive required to attain this goal," Tuimur said.

He spoke in Nairobi during a national food security conference organized by the ministry of agriculture and investors' lobby to explore innovative strategies that can be harnessed to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Kenya.

Participants attending the two-day conference who included policymakers, industry executives, economists, scholars and young farmers are expected to adopt a new road map to realize food and nutrition security in Kenya.

Tuimur said that a partnership between government and industry will hasten mechanization of agriculture to boost food production in the light of challenges linked to climate change, skills and infrastructure gap as well as distorted value chains.

Kenya has domesticated regional and continental pacts to achieve the United Nations 2030 goal on food and nutrition security.