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Kenya remains food insecure but proposed support from World Bank to improve situation

By Ben Kinyanjui

The development committee of the World Bank has called upon the bank group to continue to pursue all available solutions to food insecurity and malnutrition affecting millions of people cross the developing world.Food production in most African countries is too lowFood production in most African countries is too low

The committee said in a communiqué after the spring meetings in Washington that food insecurity and malnutrition have devastating effects, especially on women and children.

Experts focus on right to food with global food prices remaining high but stable

By TFN Writer


More than 45 food experts, parliamentarians, national human rights institutions and policy-makers from East and southern Africa are meeting in Nairobi to assess the food situation.Maize production remains low due to high costs of farmingMaize production remains low due to high costs of farming

The experts drawn from Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are discussing how to strengthen the protection of the right to food in the region.

Kenya now commands 30 per cent of global flower trade but delayed trade deal poses grave danger

By Ben Kinyanjui

Kenya’s flower sector is one of the sectors likely to suffer losses should Kenya fail to sign a new trade deal with the European Union (EU) by the end of next year.Kenya now commands 30 per cent of global flower tradeKenya now commands 30 per cent of global flower trade

Also to be affected are vegetables and fruits that will attract duty of 16 per cent under the General System of Preferences that the local exports will be subjected to when the current favourable market access conditions are withdrawn in January 2014.

Agriculture minister Sally Kosgey assures farmers on fertiliser

 

By Today Financial News Reporter

Agriculture minister Dr Sally Kosgey insists that the government will sell subsidised DAP and CAN fertilizer at Sh2500 and Sh1600 respectively thought its availability still remains a thorny issue.The government is now turning to orphan crops like cassava to boost food securityThe government is now turning to orphan crops like cassava to boost food security

The assurance comes at the wake of concerted efforts by cartels in the agricultural sector who still want to sell the commodity at Sh4, 500 that is far above the means of most subsistence farmers.

High sugar prices to persist due to low supply in the global market

By Ben Kinyanjui

High sugar prices could last a little bit longer due to sugar shortages in the global market, Agriculture minister Sally Kosgey has said.

The minister said major sugar producing countries including Brazil had converted sugar cane from producing sugar to biofuel hence denying the world market the much required sugar supplies.

Farmers in western Kenya to benefit from a new soil carbon plan

By Ben Kinyanjui


A new methodology to encourage smallholder farmers in Kenya – and potentially worldwide -- to adopt improved farming techniques, boost productivity, increase their resilience to climate change, and earn carbon credits, has been given international approval. Farmers from western Kenya to benefit from new initiativeFarmers from western Kenya to benefit from new initiative

The Verified Carbon Standard approved this first methodology on soil carbon, a new approach for sustainable agricultural land management (SALM) practices.

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