2nd June 2019.
Nairobi City County Food,Agriculture and Forestry sector is currently holding Food Systems Strategy workshop at The Vic hotel in Kisumu City.
The workshop is aimed at sensitizing the Agriculture Assembly committee members on the Draft Nairobi City County Food Systems Strategy.
The Food Systems Strategy comprises of food production,food distribution, food processing and packaging, food retailing and food consumption.
While speaking at the workshop,the County Executive Committee Member for Food ,Agriculture and Forestry Ms Pauline Kahiga said that the food systems strategy is expected to attain constant food security for city residents while safeguarding the commercial interest of food industry.
“Food is core to livelihood. It is therefore apparent and urgent that we the city managers need to provide the necessary policy foundation for the sustainable production,distribution,processing and consumption of food commensurate with the current and expected human demographics”. Added Ms Kahiga.
The Chairperson Committee on Agriculture Hon. J.M. Komu said the President’s Big Four agenda particularly on food security need to be pursued with zeal. “The Governor’s manifesto also takes cognizant of the enormous potential of Urban Agriculture in the socio-economic transformation of communities especially those residing in informal settlements. For this reason, the the Agriculture Committee remains steadfast to help the sector realize its vision abd objectives”. Said Hon. Komu.
The participants were also taken through the Amendment Bill for the Urban Agriculture promotion and Regulation Act,the draft regulations for the Urban Agriculture promotion and regulation Act and the Nairobi County/FAO project.
The workshop is attended by the County Executive Committee member for Food,Agriculture and Forestry Mrs. Pauline Kahiga Waititu, the sector Ag. Chief Officer Ms Ann Mwenda, County Assembly Committee members for Agriculture, the sector Food Systems team and AHADI,FAO and C40Cities representatives.