NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has developed a food safety
framework to help ascertain food safety and quality from the
farm to both local and international markets, a government
official revealed on Wednesday.
Willy Bett, Cabinet
Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, said that
once it becomes operational, the framework will help strengthen
the weak links along the food supply chain in the country.
“The framework will
help boost good agricultural practices and also enable traders
to apply good distribution practices to improve the sub-sector
that currently contributes 27 percent of the Gross Domestic
Product (GDP),” Bett said while opening the first fruit and
vegetables conference in Nairobi.
Bett said that the
framework has been completed and is awaiting approval by the
cabinet to become operational.
He told the meeting
that the safety of produce for Kenyan consumers is just as
necessary as foreign market customers.
In 2013, Kenyan
beans and peas were subjected to special inspections at port of
entry into the European Union (EU) due to the presence of high
This resulted into a
drop in exports of both products to the EU markets and affecting
5,000 smallholder farmers.
“Food safety for the
domestic market is an area that needs strategic interventions by
all stakeholders to instill responsibility in the sub-sector,”
consumption of unsafe food in the country to lack of awareness
by consumers to demand quality foods.
“While it is
important that the domestic consumption of fresh horticultural
produce continues to increase, negative food safety reports
linked to fresh fruits and vegetables in the domestic market, in
the last three years, threaten this and efforts at domestic
level are therefore essential to resolve these food safety
problems,” he added.
He told participants
at the conference to develop appropriate protocols to protect
consumers in the domestic market from eating produce that is
Bett observed that
the level of malnutrition is currently high and is as high as 28
percent in some parts of the country due to lack of quality food
yet the country is endowed with different climatic conditions
that are favorable to farming activity.
conference is being attended by both private and public
stakeholders in the fruit and vegetables.
ranges from the existing challenges and opportunities with
greater emphasis on promoting competitiveness of Kenya’s fresh
fruits and vegetables agri-business through enhanced adoption of
food safety standards.
International non-profit body
decries Kenya low health research funding
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
International non-profit organization PATH on
Wednesday decried low health research funding in Kenya.
PATH Advocacy and
Policy Manager Pauline Irungu told a health forum in Nairobi
that government funding on health research and development is
inadequate to meet current needs.
“We therefore urge
Kenya to prioritize funding of health research in order to boost
the fight against communicable and non-communicable diseases,”
Irungu said during a forum on unlocking Kenya’s economic
potential through investment in Research and Development of
Latest data from the
Coalition for Health Research and Development (CHReaD) indicates
that in 2016, Kenya government accounted for only 17.5 percent
of total Research and Development.