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Call for stakeholders to increase agro output

20 June 2014, 12:21

Nairobi - The Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Felix Koskei, has called on county governments to work with his Ministry to transform Kenya from a food deficit country to one that produces surplus.

Koskei said Kenya had the potential to attain food security if county governments worked together with the national government towards this end.

He further acknowledged that there was food insecurity in the country as a result of lack of co-operation.

“There is food shortage in the country as you are aware, we are a food deficit country and we have all the assets required in ensuring this country has food surplus. We should work together with the county governments as they are the ones implementing on the ground,” said Koskei.

Inadequate agricultural policies, poor infrastructure and corruption have in the past been said to be the main causes of food insecurity in the country.

Data from the World Food Programme (WFP), indicate that Kenya hasn’t moved forward in its quest to achieve food security to most or all of its citizens.

The WFP study noted that the country is ranked 79 out of 107 countries in terms of food security, with Kenya lagging behind countries like Ghana, Uganda and Cote d’Ivoire. 

 - CAJ News

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