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Reform the National Cereals and Produce Board to achieve food security, says policy experts

By TF News Team

 

The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) must undergo reforms for the country to secure food security, experts now warn.Incoming government must reform NCPB to achieve food securityIncoming government must reform NCPB to achieve food security

Policy experts who include the World Bank say the forthcoming government needs to overhaul the board in order to achieve turn-around in agriculture and reduce food prices.

Young people walk away from agriculture as profits decline

 

By Ben Kinyanjui

 

Life is a struggle for Frank Mutua, a casual worker in Athi River town, some 20 kilometers from Nairobi but he is not ready to go back to his home in Makueni County where he owns a two-acre plot.Most young people have abandoned agricultureMost young people have abandoned agriculture

Mutua who works in the construction industry earning Sh250 daily does not regret having left home for the city shortly after completing secondary school four years ago.

Rural women farmers to access agricultural markets and trade support

By TFN Reporter

An estimated 3,400 vulnerable women farmers will improve their livelihoods through better access to agricultural markets and trade. Women farmers to access markets and trade supportWomen farmers to access markets and trade support

The women in Kitui and Molo districts are being supported by Japan with a $3 million (Sh250 million)grant, which is administered by the World Bank, to improve their production capacity, strengthen collective organization and develop skills for penetrating markets for their produce.

Credit to agricultural sector low despite crucial role in economy

 

 

By Ben Kinyanjui

Credit to the agricultural sector remained subdued in the second quarter of this year despite being the backbone of the economy.Credit to the agricultural sector is too low compared to other sectorsCredit to the agricultural sector is too low compared to other sectors

According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), credit to the sector between April and June amounted to Sh64.7 billion up from Sh60.7 billion in the first quarter ending March this year.

Kenya faces maize shortage as deadly disease spreads

 

By TFN Reporter

Maize production in Kenya is under serious threat after a disease first reported in one district in the Rift Valley spread to other areas.Agriculture minister Dr Sally Kosgey insists production will not dropAgriculture minister Dr Sally Kosgey insists production will not drop

And worse still, agricultural experts seem unable to contain the infection that was reported in Bomet district by some farmers and district Agricultural officers in September last year.

Kenya can attract higher foreign direct investment in agriculture, says report

By TFN Reporter

Kenya has the potential to increase its foreign direct investment in agribusiness and manufacturing despite reduced inflows to the developing countries, a tri-annual report on foreign direct investment trends, by Stanbic Investment Management Services now reveal.Agribusiness presents new prospects on FDIAgribusiness presents new prospects on FDI

The report says the sharp downturn in global FDI in 2008 hit Kenyan investment most strongly in transport investment, ICT and financial services.

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