, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – President Mwai Kibaki has commended the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) for its continued support to the country’s agricultural sector.
President Kibaki noted that presently, FAO is implementing various agricultural projects geared towards boosting agricultural productivity in Kenya at a cost of Sh2 billion.
“As a country we want to express appreciation to FAO for her numerous targeted activities in Kenya at a total cost of Sh2 billion,” President Kibaki said.
The President also thanked FAO for responding to the drought situation that affected parts of the country by mobilising the international community in raising funds to support the most vulnerable populations especially in marginal areas.
President Kibaki was speaking on Wednesday at his Harambee House office during a meeting with the incoming FAO Representative to Kenya Dan Rugabira.
The Head of State assured FAO of continued Government collaboration and goodwill in its endeavours to achieve food security for all Kenyans.
He, at the same time, pledged Kenya’s full support to FAO’s organisational reforms and cultural change initiated in 2008.
The President pointed out that the resultant decentralisation of activities and autonomy of the regional offices will assist in quick response to the needs of member countries.
Speaking at the meeting, Rugabira assured the President that he would work closely with the Kenya Government to ensure FAO’s projects in the country are successful.
The incoming FAO Country Representative said during his tenure in office he will also ensure that the challenges facing farmers in Kenya are adequately addressed.
Present during the meeting were Agriculture Minister Sally Kosgey, Foreign Affairs Assistant Minister Richard Onyonka, Agriculture Permanent Secretary Romano Kiome and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Thuita Mwangi.