The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has began distribution of seeds, farm implements and veterinary drugs to victims of March-May rains which resulted to severe floods in Kenya.
Gabriel Rugalema, FAO Representative in Kenya, said that Tana River and Kilifi counties in Kenya will benefit from the agricultural inputs valued at about 500,000 U.S. dollars.
“The money will also be used to repair agricultural infrastructure damage to irrigation schemes, canals, pipes, pumps and irrigation station chambers in Turkana County in East Western Kenya,” he said during the official launch of the distributions in Kilifi County.
The official noted that FAO’s response followed rapid stakeholder consultations that was conducted in June to technically identify the extent of the problem and determine immediate course of action.
Rugalema said that the damage by the floods along the rivers caused a negative impact on food and nutrition security to majority of farmers.
The UN official also noted that FAO is keen on the promotion of blue economy, adding that a team of experts have been identified to help Kenya reap from the sub sector.