, NAIROBI, Kenya, March 24 – The government is seeking to raise Sh12 million through the Freedom from Hunger Walk initiative scheduled to take place in May this year.
Speaking during the launch of the registration exercise for the initiative on Thursday, Agriculture Permanent Secretary Romano Kiome said the funds would assist those adversely affected by hunger and enable them come up with long term solutions to the crisis.
Mr Kiome said the drive would also provide a forum where Kenyans can focus their thoughts on the plight of families affected by food insecurity.
"When you go around, there were more severe kinds of situations of malnutrition and drought even when the situation did not call for it. The most important thing however is the objective of sensitising the people that hunger can cause a lot of problems," he said.
"It is more than just having a meal to fill your stomach, it is more than that," he added.
The Permanent Secretary further stated that the government was doing its best to provide food for those affected by food shortage.
"Apart from the walk, there are many other programmes that deal with hunger and that is one part of the objectives of the Freedom from Hunger Walk," he pointed out.
"It will focus not necessarily on doing the work itself but to sensitise the people and development partners to contribute something towards alleviation of hunger."
Speaking during the event, the Kenya Freedom From Hunger Council chairman James Mathenge stated that last year Sh6 million was raised.
He said that the funds were used to finance among other initiatives, the Funyula Micro Industry a community based organization in Samia District to support bee keeping in the lake region at a cost of Sh250,000 and also to sustain a fish pond project for Samaki Women Group in Nambale District at a cost of Sh500,000.
He stated that this year\’s Freedom from Hunger Walk will aim to bolster government efforts to provide food for Kenyans.
"This year, the Kenya Freedom From Hunger Walk plans to expand food security projects to needy areas including water harvesting and conservation in arid and semi arid areas and promote high value drought tolerant crops," he said.
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