NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 – The Government of Israel has pledged to deepen its agricultural cooperation with the Kenyan Government to ensure that the country is food secure during and after coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking during a press briefing on Thursday, Israel Ambassador to Kenya Oded Joseph said he is cognizant of the challenges that many countries are facing in terms of food security during the ongoing pandemic, and Kenya is not exceptional.
“Although we are all focusing on how we are meeting this immediate challenge of COVID-19 that is causing to our health, we should also not neglect the immediate implications of the pandemic in other areas and more so on food security,” he said.
“Israel has cooperated with Kenya in many projects and right now we want to enhance our cooperation on Agriculture and food security in general to ensure that Kenyans are food secure and also support President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.”
He pointed out that the government of Israel has been facilitating trips for Agriculture Students to go to Israel and gain skills and knowledge in an 11-month program which has in turn changed their perception about Agri-business.
The last batch of 100 students who completed the program, he said, will be given a chance to pitch their business ideas on August 5 and the top three will be financed in executing their idea. The rest will be deployed in different Israel firms in the country.
“These students were asked to come up with business plans and this will create an opportunity for them to be financed to see their plans to fruition. There will be judges and people from financial institutions that have agreed to loan the best business plans,” Joseph added.
Joseph reiterated that the government of Israel is determined to make young people appreciate agriculture and venture into agricultural business.
He said by creating more success stories, more people will change their perception about agriculture and in turn make food problem a thing of the past as more people will focus on production not only here in Kenya but Africa in general.
Joseph called on the Kenyan government and the beneficiaries of the 11-month program to support the efforts of the Israel government in supporting food security in Kenya.