Rome, Italy, Oct 27 – Foreign Affairs CAS Hon Ababu Namwamba has applauded the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for their work in Kenya and their global contribution towards eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.
While paying a courtesy call to FAO Deputy Director General of Programs, Daniel Gustafson, in Rome, Italy, Namwamba assured of the Government’s commitment to FAO and in particular operations of the Country Office in Kenya.
He delivered appreciation of the Kenya government for the support FAO has extended to the forthcoming Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi.
FAO has made a donation to the conference budget, and Gustafson confirmed to CAS Ababu that the organisation would send a high-level delegation to the conference.
Namwamba urged FAO to align its programs and cooperation to the government’s big four agenda championed by President Uhuru Kenyatta that focuses attention on food and nutrition and security, manufacturing including agro-processing, universal health care and affordable housing.
He further briefed Gustafson on devolution and asked that FAO initiates programs to directly and actively support counties.
“Devolution has transformed the development model in Kenya. Counties and the emerging regional blocks are swiftly becoming exciting magnets for investment and epicenters of growth and prosperity. I invite FAO to take advantage of this and tailor programs to work with counties especially in the areas of food and nutritional security, value chain enhancement and agri-processing,” said Namwamba.
FAO was established in 1945 as a specialized agency of the United Nations with focus on agriculture, nutrition and food security. It has a network of sub-offices throughout Kenya in Coast and Eastern region as well as West Pokot.