Tue. Sep 22nd, 2020

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SPEECH BY CS MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES AND COOPERATIVES DURING THE RELEASE OF FIRST BATCH OF KENYA CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE PROJECT VEHICLES – MkulimaTODAY.co.ke

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Governor, Muthomi Njuki, Chair of Agriculture Committee at the CoG
World Bank Representative,
CECs in-charge of Agriculture from the project Counties,
Ministry officials present,
All KCSAP Project officials,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today is yet another important day that we continue to play our role as the National government in collaboration with development partners to enhance the capacity of the counties and our research institutions by releasing a total of 26 vehicles out of the 61 that we intend to release to the field under this project. I am informed that the remaining 35 vehicles mainly for the arid areas will be released soon to support this project work. I wish from the onset to thank the World Bank who are our partners in this project for the finances and technical support the bank has extended in this project.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
As you may be aware, KCSAP Project Development is implemented in the 24 Counties of Marsabit, Isiolo, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera (Arid Counties); West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi, Lamu, TaitaTaveta, Kajiado and Machakos (Semi-Arid Counties); and Busia, Siaya, Nyandarua, Bomet, Kericho, Kakamega, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Kisumu (Non-ASAL Counties). Its Objective is to increase agricultural productivity and build resilience to climate change risks in the targeted smallholder farming and pastoral communities in Kenya. This is a five year project funded to the tune of US$279.7 million. The funding levels are;
• IDA (WORLD Bank)- US$ 250 million
• GoK- US$ 15.9 million equivalent
• County Governments – US$ 8.3 million equivalent
• Beneficiary contribution – US$ 5.5 million equivalent
After the implementation of this project we expect to transform the communities in the target project areas by having more women as beneficiaries, increasing the productivity of selected crops, livestock, and aquaculture value chains and boosting their resilience through promoting Agricultural Technologies, Innovations, and Management Practices suitable for these areas.
This is in line with the goals and aspirations of realizing 100% food and nutrition security under the Big 4 agenda of the government.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
In order to realize the above targets, the project will be implemented under the following five thematic Components;

  1. Up scaling Climate Smart Agricultural Practices
  2. Strengthening Climate Smart Agriculture Research and Seed Systems
  3. Supporting Agro-weather, Market, Climate and Advisory Services
  4. Project Coordination and Management
  5. Contingency Emergency Response

I wish to congratulate the project officers both from the National government and the counties for tremendous achievements so far realized. I am informed that out of the targeted 278,900 Household in the 3rd year, 230,000 Households have been reached. A total of 59 (6 livestock based and 53 Water related) sub-projects are currently under implementation. These projects will benefit over 400,000 beneficiaries, 2 million animals at a cost of Ksh. 701 million.

In addition, 172 Long term training (96 MScs and 46 PhDs) supporting 13 National Agriculture Research Systems (NARs) at a cost of Ksh. 828 million with beneficiaries from the following institutions;- KALRO, KMD, KMFRI, Egerton University, University of Nairobi, JKUAT, Kenyatta University and the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives. The long term training is focusing on strengthening support to Climate Smart Agriculture and dissemination of Technologies, Innovations and Management Practices.

Focusing on the 24 Counties where the project is implemented, a total of 2,164 Community micro-projects estimated to cost Ksh.1.5 Billion have been approved ready for implementation. We believe that with this support of mobility that we are adding to the Counties, the communities in these regions will benefit and fully roll out their micro-projects before the end of the project. We are also appealing to other agencies, development partners and indeed the counties to join us in expanding the coverage of this project so that more communities can reap the benefits envisaged.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am happy to note that in order to strengthen the National Agriculture Research Systems, an additional Ksh 1 Billion has been approved by the National Advisory Technical Committee to be implemented by 13 Institutions mentioned earlier.
Also approved and ready for implementation is Ksh 1.9 Billion for 73 County Sub-projects targeting 42 Water/National Resource Management, 22 on Livestock improvement and 9 Public Private Partnership initiatives.

With the above mentioned resource outlay, we are challenging the implementers to work extra hard to ensure that intended benefits reach communities through prudent management.

We are ready to come down to the field to see to it that indeed what we have planned for is what we are working on. For the remaining batch of 36 vehicles for Arid areas, am instructing my officers to hasten the process so that these counties are not left behind.
THANK YOU ALL

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