EU to Fund Kenyan Gov’t with Ksh 574M towards food security agenda
The European Union have pledged to inject Ksh 574 million in the Kenyan in a bid to assist the Kenyan government in achieving the food security agenda.
The EU will inject the funds via Agriculture Financing Initiative Food Safety Programme in partnership with Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust and DANIDA within the next five years.
Thirteen counties are set to benefit from the programme, and they include Nyandarua, Kilifi, Nakuru, Bungoma Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Embu, Meru, Makueni, Kisii.
Echoing the programme, Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust Acting Chief Executive officer Charles Nyawade said that the Kenyan and Danish government had joined hands to ensure that food security is improved in the country.
According to Banning Hoy Nygaard who works for the Danish Embassy, highlighted that the programme key areas of concern would be Plant, animal health and food safety in Kenya.
Several counties have pleaded with the government for consideration during the programme rollout among them Embu county through the Women Representative who urged the government to consider her County despite not being hard hit by drought.
Over 1.1 million Kenyans are currently in need of humanitarian food assistance. Areas of most significant concern include Turkana, Garissa, Marsabit, Tana River, and Isiolo, where the proportion of the food insecure population is highest. Stressed outcomes have persisted at the area level in most pastoral and marginal agricultural counties.
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