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Agriculture experts to attend first-of-its-kind talks

By Standard Reporter

More than 400 high level agriculture sector leaders are set for a first-of-its-kind gathering in Kenya as industry players look at innovative ways of invigorating agricultural growth and bolstering commitments at leaving no one behind across the value chain. 

The two-day workshop dubbed National Agriculture Summit and congregating representatives from national and county governments, farmer organizations, research institutions, private sector, NGOs and development partners is slated for 26 and 27 February 2020 at the Safari Park Hotel. It comes in the wake of mounting challenges ranging from weak value chain linkages that have taken a toll on food producers to conflicting policies that have put brakes on the agriculture transformation agenda.

Now industry players are focusing their attention on amplifying one sectoral voice guided by a connected farmer’s first approach. The Summit will also see the launch of The National Private sector led Agriculture apex body that draws its membership from government, private sector and development bodies and unveiling its 3-year roadmap.

The mandate of the secretariat will be to provide a unified approach to tackling some of the challenges the sector faces while exploring the scope for scaling up sustainable innovations to make an impact on a larger scale. 

“As agriculture continues to play a pivotal role to the bulk of the population and to propel the country’s economic growth, we need united, innovative and proactive approaches that address all issues across the value chain while coordinating interventions from government, the private sector, farmer organizations and development partners.

The idea is to make sure that we are speaking in one voice for the good of the industry and leaving no one behind,” said Dr. Bimal Kantaria the co-Chair of the National Private Sector led Agriculture Sector Apex body. The Summit themed ‘Building Partnerships for the Transformation, Growth and competitiveness of the Agriculture Sector in Kenya, will also see the unveiling of an agricultural transformation roadmap that over the next 3 years will define challenges and actual interventions for all the value chains.

The government will also present the Agriculture Sector Growth and Transformation Strategy. Key thematic areas of discussion at the conference include unpacking challenges and opportunities in the agriculture sector of Kenya, building synergy to address these challenges, financing options for agribusiness enterprises and the promise of devolution and its impact on agriculture in the last eight years among others.

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