Mutai Kelvin on Food & Water Security
To achieve Sustainable Development Goals of zero hunger (SDG 2), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) and Climate Action (SDG 13), we must adapt holistic mechanisms of growing food and conserving water.
Agriculture is the back bone of economic growth in Kenya. About 75% of Kenyans earn all or part of their income from this sector. Agriculture accounts for 33% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). Trans-Nzoia County is generally known as the maize granary for the country, producing at least five million bags of the crop annually from over 107,000 acres of land. The majority of its inhabitants are however poor.
We need an initiative that brings partners together to address the root causes of food shortage and poverty. The initiative needs to share modern farming practices. It should focus on four main value chains: dairy, livestock, horticulture, and staple foods. It should also link farmers to markets, improve seed quality, increase access to financing, and promote private sector solutions. The goal is to facilitate more efficient business practices and policies to support Kenya’s growing economy.
We must conserve water. This can be done by harvesting rainwater, repairing water leaks at the earliest, drilling deep wells, desalinization of water, reusing treated water for farming, drip irrigation, educating people on climate change, planting indigenous trees and allocating more budget for climate change innovations geared towards smart water conservation and food security.
Water resources are the most vital element on the planet to have any form of existence, and it’s critical that we make sure to maintain this resource sensibly.