Irrigation Permanent Secretary Professor Fred Segor has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the aims and objectives of the Billion Dollar Business Alliance (BDBA).

Irrigation Principal Secretary, Professor Fred Segor with BDBA members during the meeting held on Friday 18 th May, 2018 at Maji House

Irrigation Permanent Secretary Professor Fred Segor has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the aims and objectives of the Billion Dollar Business Alliance (BDBA).The Kenyan Chapter of the BDBA was launched last year, two years after the Addis Declaration during a symposium on rainwater harvesting in July 2015.

Kenya is considered a water scarce country with a per capita water availability of less than 600cubic meters, against the global threshold of 1000 cubic meters per capita. Water scarcity remains Kenya’s major impediment to socio-economic development, the achievement of
Kenya’s Vision 2030 goals as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals. The situation is exacerbated by climate change and increasing water demand due to population growth and
urbanisation.
On 11 April 2017, the Government and partners from the development and business communities launched the Kenya chapter of the Billion Dollar Alliance for Rainwater Harvesting, a continent-wide, multi-actor alliance designed to scale up farm pond technology for agribusiness and livelihood resilience for dryland farming systems. This partnership is led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), which hosted the launch event, and the World Food Programme, and includes the cooperation of the national government and private sector partners.

The Alliance targets to construct one million farm ponds in Kenya over a period of ten years to increase water storage within farms. The goal is to increase farmers’ income, improve food security, improved livelihoods and build climate change resilience through coordinated irrigation. The partnership will provide technical, financial, policy and research support. The World Agroforestry Centre has already constructed sixty farm ponds which has improved the
communities’ livelihoods.
The PS was speaking in his Maji House boardroom in a meeting with BDBA members who had come to brief him on the progress made since the Kenyan Chapter was launched.

CS hosts Fall Army worm Consultative meeting

From left Crops PS Richard Lesiyampe, Agricultural Research PS Prof. Hamadi Boga, and CSs Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture) and Amb. Rachell Omamo (Defence)

Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri hosted a one-day successful stakeholder consultative meeting at the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Headquarters in Nairobi on May 23, 2018 which brought together various experts and actors in the agricultural sector to discuss the destructive pest which has invaded more than half the 47 counties.

Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Rachelle Omamo, Council of Governor’s chairman of Agriculture and Migori Governor Okoth Obando, Crops PS Dr. Richard Lesiyampe and Agriculture Research PS Prof. Hamadi Boga joined the scientists in the meeting which was unanimous that all available resources, expertise and skills should not be spared in the fight against the pest.

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kinjuri appealed to all the stakeholders from the Multi-Institutional Committee on Armyworm to work as a team to fight the migratory pest.

The Committee comprises of: University of Nairobi, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Centre for Agriculture Bio-Science International (CABI) Pest Products Control Board (PPCB), Agro-Chemical Association of Kenya (ACK), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KARLO) AND THE Ministry of Agriculture.

US to support Kenya in the fight against Fall Army worm, water projects

Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri with US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec when the envoy paid him a courtesy call in his office

The US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec on May 2, 2018, promised his country’s continued support to Kenya’s agricultural sector especially on national Food and Nutrition Security which forms the core component of Kenya’s Big 4 Development Agenda.
The envoy said the US support to Kenya will focus rural-based agricultural activities which occupy most Kenyans and which promote their incomes,health and security.

He had made a courtesy call on Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri in his office to discuss areas of cooperation between US and Kenya. The parties discussed cooperation around the Fall Army worm which has devastated crops in many parts of Kenya, Agriculture Data, the newly launched Feed the Future project and water for agriculture.