Twenty one counties are set to benefit from a S.1 billion grant from World Bank in an effort to implement sustainable agricultural programmes.
The money channeled through National Agriculture and Rural Inclusive Project (NARIGP) will support various programmes aimed at boosting food security and improve value chain.
The project targeting farmers in the rural and marginalized areas is designed to use community participation and value chain approach to reduce constraints facing the agricultural sector to enhance production and productivity.
In a report posted in the World Bank website, the money will be given through groups venturing into food production, value chain development and environment conservation programmes.
Officials to undertake implementation in the counties have undergone training and are awaiting roll out in July to meet the target groups in the identified wards to list down their needs.
The project has been divided into three categories, arid, semi-arid, and high potential targeting to take farmers through capacity building programmes focused on increased production and eradication of poverty.
The farmers will undergo capacity building sessions, to ensure success of the five year programme aimed at addressing food security, nutrition and climate change among other needs.
The national committee charged with monitoring implementation process will be chaired by Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri with members drawn from various government departments.
In the arid zone, Turkana and Samburu have been selected while Makueni, Kitui, Meru, Kwale, Kilifi and Narok are listed in the semi-arid areas.
Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Murang’a, Nakuru, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Vihiga, Kisii, Migori, Nyamira and Homa Bay are listed high potential areas.
The counties have each received Sh50 million from the World Bank to start the project.
The project dealing with sustainable land management will receive grants less than Sh500, 000 while those in vulnerable and marginalized groups will get S00, 000.
Those to deal with improved livelihood and nutrition will secure grants of Sh200, 000 and Sh50, 000 respectively.
In Murang’a County, the project will be implemented in five sub-counties, Kandara, Kigumo, Maragua, Kahuro and Mathioya
County chief officer in charge of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Peter Njangi said the project will have a major impact and improve economic status of the farmers.
The project will be rolled out in July.2018 as all agricultural officers and other partners have undergone training, said Njangi.
Meanwhile, Mary Situma NARIGP project Agri business coordinator while addressing stakeholders forum at Kapsokwony county hall in Bungoma county said the project has a special focus on vulnerable and marginalized groups and youth empowerment.
She further noted that NARIGP project is aligned and contributes to the vision 2030 development strategy of transforming smallholder subsistence agriculture into an innovative and modern sector through support to selected value chain in the targeted community.
On the use of ICT Agri business coordinator said that participatory communication by use of ICT gadgets and active sharing of knowledge are processes by which beneficiaries in the project can become true agents of change.
Source: Kenya News Agency