Gabriel Rugalema, FAO
Representative in Kenya, said that the agricultural inputs
valued about 500,000 U.S. dollars will be distributed in Tana
River and Kilifi counties in Kenya.
"The money will also be used to repair agricultural
infrastructure damage to irrigation schemes, canals, pipes,
pumps and irrigation station chambers in Turkana County in East
Western Kenya," he said during the official launch of the
distributions in Kilifi County.
The official noted that FAO is responding following a rapid
stakeholder consultations that was conducted in June in order to
technically identify the extent of the problem and determine
immediate course of action.
Rugalema said that the damage by the floods along the rivers
caused a negative impact on food and nutrition security to
majority of farmers.
"The donation is aimed at enabling farmers go back to their
farms and start improving their lost sources of income," he
said, adding that the UN food agency has secured resources to
support capacity development in disaster needs assessment.
"We plan to train government officials in a detailed
methodology in assessing and quantifying the damages and losses
incurred as a result of disasters," Rugalema said.
The official observed that for Kenya to attain food security
there is need to invest in mechanization of agriculture to be
able to produce food for consumption and sale.
The UN official also noted that FAO is keen on the promotion
of blue economy, adding that a team of experts has been
identified to come on board and help Kenya reap from the sub
According to the National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC),
the June floods affected 13 counties where around 800,000 people
were directly affected while 186 lost their lives countrywide.
The heavy rains also affected road infrastructure while
several areas suffered from massive environmental degradation
caused by the soil erosion.
FAO donates farming inputs to Tana River County flood