- We challenge the government to act differently this time round and translate the vision and strategic thinking into reality.
Agriculture is the mainstay of Kenya’s economy, accounting for 34 per cent of gross national product.
It employs the bulk of the workforce — 60 per cent — directly or indirectly, hence a major source of livelihood.
However, in absolute terms, agricultural production is not expanding. Food scarcity has become common. It is estimated, for example, that 2.7 million people in arid and semi-arid lands live under perpetual food scarcity.
Not much is produced to feed the rapidly rising population and, similarly, the sector is not growing in a manner that would absorb high numbers of the unemployed.
The government’s new 10-year plan that seeks to revitalise and transform agriculture and secure 100 per cent food sufficiency is, therefore, a timely policy intervention.
Our concern, however, is that such policies are articulated every so often but never actualised. We challenge the government to act differently this time round and translate the vision and strategic thinking into reality.
It does not make sense to plan for 10 years when we cannot feed the citizens for even a year.