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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kenya signs deal with IFDC to enhance food security

As part of its commitment to boost food security in the Africa and to be a top player in Agriculture in the African continent, the Kenyan government has signed an agreement with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) to accelerate agriculture and increase food security in the country, NaijaAgronet gathered.

The accreditation agreement formalizing their shared commitment to sustainable agricultural development in the country was signed recently in Nairobi by IFDC CEO, Amit Roy and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed.

According to IFDC’s CEO, “Agriculture is the engine that drives Kenya’s economy. Our valued partnership with the Kenyan government will keep that locomotive roaring. The priorities of the Kenyan government are the priorities of IFDC. Our joint projects have helped strengthen private sector-led fertilizer markets. Together, we continue to ensure that fertilizer, training and agricultural technologies reach the farmers that need them the most. We are also mapping the information needs of 23 farmer groups – over 9,000 farmers – across the country. This is the first step toward a comprehensive database that will help connect farmers with agribusiness opportunities.”

Speaking during the ceremony, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed said 60 per cent of Kenyans rely on agriculture for their livelihoods adding that the partnership with IFDC will continue to accelerate agricultural development and create lasting benefits for smallholder farmers across the country and throughout the region.

In addition to working with the agriculture ministry and its agencies, IFDC is also partnering with farmer groups, agri-preneurs, non-governmental organizations, universities, seed and fertilizer companies, food processors, banks and micro-finance providers.

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