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FAO Director-General meets Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries

Koskei thanks Graziano da Silva for FAO’s support to the country

Graziano da Silva with Felix Koskei in Tunis.

27 March 2014 Tunis, Tunisia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Felix Koskei, on the sidelines of FAO’s 28th Regional Conference for Africa in Tunis.

Minister Koskei took the opportunity of this conference to renew his government’s support to the FAO Director-General and for all his efforts in both the country and region.

Both discussed the ways in which FAO is supporting the country in the field of agriculture and food security, as well as FAO’s role in helping Kenya introducing Quinoa and fast-tracking the process along with the other crops the country is focusing on as a means of enhancing food security.

Minister Koskei also thanked FAO Director-General for the assistance in resource mobilization as the government is providing infrastructures and irrigation systems for private investors to have incentives to invest in the country. “Irrigation is a focus for the Government at large scale and we need FAO’s support,” said Minister Koskei.

He reported that several items are being looked after such as maize, sugar, and rice, as the Kenyan government wishes to produce enough to achieve self-sufficiency.

“Kenya’s agriculture has all the potential and you can count on FAO’s support,” Graziano da Silva said. He reiterated that the Country Programme Framework (CPF) will be the basis for this support.

Both also discussed livestock issues and agreed that enabling the right environmental conditions would be key to advance in this area.

They also commented on the “tremendous positive effects” witnessed in cattle and goat breeding when a special programme focusing on aquaculture was implemented.