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THE 3RD INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGRICULTURE FORUM

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation organized the 3rd Intergovernmental Forum on Agriculture held from 10th - 11th July, 2019 – Sarova White Sand Hotel, Mombasa. The forum provides a platform for actors in the agriculture sector to interact, share and identify barriers against effective implementation of plans and programs at both levels of government. Furthermore, the forum provides an avenue for shaping important decisions on issues of policy, strategies and programs that are geared towards the attainment of the country’s agriculture goals.

The Forum brought together top leadership from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation led by the Cabinet Secretary – Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri, EGH, MGH, Vice Chairman, Council of Governors H.E Governor Mwangi Wa Iria who was representing the CoG Chairman, H.E Governor Mutahi Kahiga who represented the Chairman, CoG Agriculture Committee, CAS Ministry of Devolution and ASALs, Agriculture CAS, Principal Secretaries, Senior Government officials from both levels of government and the private sector.

In his opening remarks, Vice Chairman, Council of Governors H.E Governor Mwangi Wa Iria reiterated that Agriculture is a devolved function and as such County Governments play an important role in ensuring that engagement at this level is necessary for the success of all activities under the sector, this will help secure sustainable outcomes that will benefit the famers.

“It is therefore important that all stakeholders’ work together in order to translate the strategies proposed in the Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS 2018) into measurable outcomes. We need to work towards a monitoring and evaluation strategy that will integrate all expected outcomes for the intervention by all stakeholders. It is also an opportune time to cascade the CAADAP mutual accountability framework and have code of conduct for the sector”, Mwangi said.

In his address, Agriculture CS – Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri, commended the Governors for allocating 6.7% of their total County budgets to the agriculture sector; just 3% shy of the recommended allocation by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) Malabo Declaration.

“We must remember too that the sector is the largest contributor to national economic growth, directly contributing about 31.5% to the country's GDP. The socio-economic development of the country is therefore determined by performance of the sector. What therefore this means is this: if Kenya’s economy does not do well, it will be because agriculture has underperformed. As sector players therefore we bear a huge responsibility to deliver for Kenya and our people”, Kiunjuri said.

While in the meeting, H.E Governor Mutahi Kahiga on behalf of the CoG Agriculture Committee, spoke on the efforts that the Ministry and the Senate had put to develop and

review the existing legislative and regulatory frameworks, guiding the agriculture sector and that the County Governments fully support this noble idea since its will go a long way in smoothening value chains as well as weeding out unethical business practices.

“We applaud the launch of the potato regulations and I wish to thank the National and County Governments teams that worked tirelessly to develop them. I am sure the regulations will go a long way to support our farmers in production and marketing of their produce. It is therefore my expectations that this forum will provide guidance on how the remaining set of regulations could be finalized for purposes of development of various value chain crops for attaining 100% Food and Nutrition Security in the country by 2023’, said Kahiga

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