Kenya calls on global lenders to increase investment in African agriculture
NAIROBI, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called on global financial institutions to increase investment in agriculture as part of their support for African economies.
In a pre-recorded video statement delivered Thursday evening at the first United Nations (UN) virtual summit on food systems, held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the president urged financial institutions to support innovation and mechanisms that help eliminate risks and losses in Africa’s agricultural sector.
According to a statement released by the Kenyan presidency on Friday, Kenyatta said Kenya is accelerating ecosystem restoration through agroforestry, reforestation and the sustainable use of natural resources.
As part of Kenya’s commitment to invest in sustainable and resilient food systems, the president said, his administration has developed a call to action on food systems that is data-driven, inclusive and innovative.
The Kenyan government is determined to fully re-engage young people in food production to ignite their passion for agriculture, Kenyatta said.
âWe are also increasing access to nutritious food and diversifying diets by bringing back forgotten and neglected traditional foods, investing in fishing, aquaculture, animal husbandry, fruit and vegetable productionâ, a- he declared.
Kenyatta said the government has harnessed the power of innovation and digital technologies in agriculture, while fostering an environment that enables innovators to contribute to agricultural transformation.
âUsing mobile technologies, we provide our farmers with market information and also inputs. We will use these applications more in the deployment of extension services across our country, âhe said.