NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan farmers on Tuesday petitioned East African
Community (EAC) member states to allocate 10 percent of their
national budgets to the agriculture sector as outlined in the
African Union (AU) Malabo declaration of 2014.
chairman of Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum (KESSFF), blamed
delay in implementing the declaration to rampant poverty that
affects small-holder farmers who produce over 80 percent of food
in the region.
“The 10 percent
allocation should be implemented by the governments during the
coming 2019/2020 national budgets to help achieve food security
and uplift poor people out of poverty,” Kuruna told journalists
He added that the
increase will help end hunger and malnutrition among people in
the region once it is implemented by the six EAC member states.
Kuruna said that
adequate financing of agriculture sector will ensure progressive
realization of adequate food availability that will increase
trade and enhance resilience due to climate variability.
“We are suffering
due to failure to implement commitments in agricultural
development at national, regional and international level,” said
He said that once
the Malabo declaration, which was signed by African heads of
states, is implemented, it will help improve sustainable
agriculture by nearly 50 percent, alleviate poverty of half of
the regional population, and increase by three fold
According to a
Malabo Biennial Review report released in January, Rwanda has
allocated 6.1 percent, while Kenya, Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania
have allocated 4.8, 4.7, 4.4 and 3.1 percent respectively. South
Sudan did not submit data.
Kuruna said his
organization is seeking 1 million signatures across the region
to demand increased agriculture sector funding from national
“We intend to
channel our demand to implement the Malabo declaration in all
the EAC states through the EAC Council of Ministers, the
secretary general of EAC, and the speaker of the East African
Legislative Assembly (EALA),” said Kuruna.
“We will ensure that
the EAC member states put in place all inclusive national and
regional platforms for enhancing mutual accountability to
actions and results,” Kuruna said.
Kenya to host international
miller’s conference in October
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
An international cereal millers conference will
take place in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Oct. 22-25, an
official said on Tuesday.
chairman of the organizing committee, said the 29th
Annual International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM)
Mideast and Africa Conference and Expo will be attended by some
1,600 millers from countries from Africa and the Middle East.
conference, delegates will attend panel discussions and training
sessions on such topics as food safety management and technology
use in food storage, Hutchinson told reporters in Nairobi.