EU Donates Sh11 Billion to Kenya for food Security, Drought Mitigation…
Kenya on Tuesday secured a Sh11 billion finance deal from the 28-member European Union towards food security and drought mitigation programmes.
President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the signing of finance agreements, according to a statement from the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit.
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich signed on behalf of the Kenyan government, while the EU Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica signed on behalf of the EU.
The Proposed Action Plan As EU Donates Sh11 Billion To Kenya Are As Follows:
Ksh 2.1 billion will be utilized in the operationalization of the Kenya’s Ending Drought Emergencies Strategy. The strategy is the government’s commitment to end the worst of the suffering by drought by 2022.
The strategy was developed jointly between the Government and its development partners and focuses on the 23 most-prone counties in Kenya.
The proposed programme will also promote the establishment of Public Private Community Partnerships to increase the role of the private sector in the construction and management of water supply services.
Ksh 5.3 billion would be utilized to support productive, adapted and market integrated smallholder agriculture in Kenya.
The programme builds on the ongoing 10th EDF Kenya Rural Development Programme and the standards and market access programme.
It is aimed at supporting smallholder productivity and resilience, agricultural research and services, food quality and safety.
The EDF grant support will target the provision of water services and capacity building to enable smallholder investment on Agriculture, as well as reduce financial risks by way of interest subsidies.
Ksh 3.6 billion will be used in the programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery.
The programme targets the counties with the 5 largest urban centers of the country and 7 counties of the most marginalized areas of Kenya.
It seeks to address the linkage between marginalization of communities concerned and their exposure to criminal activities, including radicalization which sustains a vicious circle where exclusion and instability become mutually reinforcing.
President Kenyatta expressed his gratitude to the European Union for supporting Kenya’s social and economic development.