Kenya said Wednesday that agriculture is set to be the sole drive towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in East Africa region.


Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed told agriculture and trade experts attending a regional meeting in Nairobi to engage farmers by ensuring that they get subsidies to be able to make profit from farming activity.

She told experts to ensure that global and local policies and regulations on trade help create employment to the people.

“New terms of trade that includes effects of climate change in East Africa has to be put in place since the region is susceptible to climate change that contributes to the delay in rainy season hence causing massive losses to farmers,” said Andrew Crosby, managing director of International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICSTD), a global body that advances policy on sustainable development.

Crosby observed that trade talks must henceforth start incorporating climate change since it was not included initially, yet it is to blame for poor food production in Sub Saharan Africa. He called on governments in Sub Saharan Africa region to intensify climate change mitigation to help save agriculture sector from poor performance.
Dr. Francis Matambalya from Leipzig University in Germany observed that East Africa region lacks investment productive capacity, noting that the region relies heavily from global products as opposed to having its own domestic products.

“Regional governments must begin by allocating money to the sector to help foster trade within the region,” he said.

Nelson Ndirangu, Director of Economic Affairs and International Trade at Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said that the country requires a clear domestic policy that could help create a revolution to benefit the farmers.

The experts at the meeting called on governments to consider empowering women and youths to take up agriculture as a commercial venture. Enditem


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