Tuesday, August 21, 2018

28.05.2017

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Dr. Debisi Arabia, CIAT Regional Director for Africa when he opened the Conference at the Villa Rosa Kempiski, Nairobi.SC_0313-001

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by Dr. Debisi Arabia, CIAT Regional Director for Africa when he opened the Conference at the Villa Rosa Kempiski, Nairobi.SC_0313-001

The government is modernizing equipment at the meteorological department as part of the strategy for smart Agriculture aimed at achieving food security in the country.

Environment Principal Secretary Mr. Charles Sunkuli said dissemination of accurate and timely weather information to farmers was part of the national drought response strategy to modernize the agriculture system in Kenya.

He noted that the recent prolonged drought that gripped the country had left about 2.7 million people in dire need of food.

The PS was speaking at a Nairobi hotel, during the 50 years celebrations for the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) where he represented the Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu.

He said Kenya was collaborating with international research organizations to enable famers plan their harvests in advance and improve food security and generate more income while at the same time they overcome environment challenges.

Delegates attending the CIAT conference at the Villa Rosa Kempiski hotel, Nairobi in a group photo after the official opening of the conference.DSC_0309

Delegates attending the CIAT conference at the Villa Rosa Kempiski hotel, Nairobi in a group photo after the official opening of the conference.DSC_0309

Mr. Sunkuli noted that some organizations, including CIAT were already engaged in such collaboration through sustainable land Management to work with farmers in the upper Tana River basin to improve food security and secure clean water for Nairobi city.

CIAT has been working with various countries in Africa for last 35 years to achieve food security by growing crops that are better suited to higher temperatures or longer periods of drought.

The organization has already reached nearly 27 million Farmers in Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi through the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance to improve their bean varieties.

The celebrations were attended by Dr. Richard Echeveria, the Director General of CIAT, Dr. Debisis Araba CIAT regional Director and Sara Menker the chief Executive and founder of GRO, An international data company dedicated to building products that change the way the world understands agriculture among other scientists and Agriculture experts.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by senior officials from CIAT, cutting the cake to mark 50 yrs of CIAT at the Kempiski, Nairobi.

PS, Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, flanked by senior officials from CIAT, cutting the cake to mark 50 yrs of CIAT at the Kempiski, Nairobi.

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