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Nairobi City County Shares Urban Agriculture Expertise with Malawi Delegation on Nutrition-Sensitive Interventions Study Tour

Nairobi, 19th February 2024

County Executive Committee Member for Green Nairobi Mr. Ibrahim Auma, on behalf of Nairobi City County Governor H.E Sakaja Johnson, received a delegation from Malawi Government who are in the county for a five-day study tour on nutrition sensitive interventions.

The study tour to the City urban farmers is expected to equip the team with knowledge on how to scale up good practices, innovative tools and approaches and how such approaches can be adjusted into Malawi rural community context especially for resource constraint to women to improve their nutrition status.

Welcoming the team in Nairobi, Mr. Auma thanked them for choosing to come and learn from the City farmers. The County Executive took the team through detailed activities undertaken by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Subsector noting the major strides made by the county government in promoting urban agriculture and ensuring food and nutrition security for all.
Malawi5” Agriculture production in the city is about 20% and 80% of the food consumed come from other counties. Promotion of urban agriculture is by extension services through capacity buildings and through this, we reach out to 15,000 farmers with varied agricultural technologies and innovations annually. It is also noteworthy that we are implementing a food systems strategy whose aim is to ensure affordable, accessible, nutritious and safe food for all Nairobi City County residents.” Mr. Auma said.

Additionally, Mr. Auma mentioned that the County facilitates groups and public institutions with innovations such as greenhouses, fishponds and tanks, poultry units, drip irrigation kits, coolers, silage making bags and solar driers. Other groups engage in food waste management in City Park, Kawangware and Korogocho markets.

The County Executive also pointed out that through capacity building trainings, the County has produced the best farmers nationally.

In efforts to ensure nutritionally balance hot meal, Mr. Auma informed the team that the County Governor H.E Sakaja Johnson recently introduced a school feeding Programme known as Dish na County in public primary schools and Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDCs).
Malawi4By the end of the five-day tour, the team will have a chance to visit; Baba dogo for Dishi na County meal Programme, Kasarani Sub County for mixed farming, Mwengenye group in Kasarani for integrated farming and City market for market mapping and food waste management and Korogocho market for food waste management.

The team is also set to visit Joseph Kangethe Primary to see the 4- K clubs’ activities and Moi Girls where the county has put up fish ponds as a way to help supplement the diet for the students and finally a visit to green houses in Kibra Sub County.

The team appreciated the CEC for a warm welcome and for giving them an opportunity to study in the City County’s Food and Agriculture projects. ” We look forward to Programme exchange as we learn in areas where the county has done so well.”  Said Mr. Joseph Maulana, a Social Inclusion and Nutrition Specialist for Financial Access for Rural Markets Smallholders and Enterprise(FARMSE) Programme in Malawi.

Government of Malawi with funding from International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is implementing a seven-year period initiative; Financial access for rural markets, smallholders and enterprises which commenced in 2018 up to 2025 and is being implemented through three components namely; ultra-poor graduation, support to financial innovation and outreach and strategic partnerships, knowledge management and outreach.
Malawi3Others from Malawi were Charity Chimphamba, (District Coordinating Officer FARMSE), Tabia Matiki, (District Coordinating Officer FARMSE) and Grace Malili (Food and Nutrition Officer, Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi, Dedza District Council).

The team was accompanied by Dr. Washington Adede, Sustainable food systems expert from the Office of Cabinet Secretary Agriculture & Livestock Production, Rebeccah Wanjiru, Food System Specialist at UN FAO and Edgar okoth, National Coordinator and head of Secretariat at Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance of Kenya.

Present were Directors Dr. Kabatha Veterinary, Rose Randall, Food Systems and Winfred Katumo Deputy Director Food Systems.


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