Close to 150,000 people in Tana River cannot afford food as drought continues to bite according to Governor Godhana.
“Many of our people are having difficulty putting a decent meal on the table and affording clean water and hygiene amid the Covid-19 crisis,” said Governor.
Due to this situation, the Governor said there is a need to repurpose old food related policies and adopt new ones that will foster the sustainable production of nutritious foods and promote farmer participation.
”Policies should promote equality and learning, drive innovation, boost rural incomes, offer nets to smallholders and build resilience,” Governor Godhana said.
The Governor stressed on the need to have sustainable Agri-food systems that are capable of nourishing over 1 million people in Tana River County by 2050.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by the County Executive Member Finance and economic planning Mathew Babwoya during the marking of the World Food Day at Makere Gwano village where Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) is implementing a Sh32 million small scale irrigation project.
This year’s theme is, ‘Our actions are our future – better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life’’
Farmers from Tana North, Tana Delta and Tana River sub-counties had an exhibition of their farm produce with support from several non-governmental organizations.
By Sadik Hassan