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Ministry of Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya was established in 1903 as the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Husbandry and Water Resources and operates under the Agriculture Act (CAP 318) of the laws of Kenya. Since its establishment it has undergone mergers, splits and re-groupings with the ministries of Livestock Development, Fisheries, Water, Cooperatives and Environment. All these have led to various challenges in terms of financial and human capacity resources.
The ministry is mandated to promote and facilitate production of food and agricultural raw materials for food security and incomes, advance agro-based industries and agricultural exports, and enhance sustainable use of land resources as a basis for agricultural enterprises.
The main reference document for the ministry is the ‘Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA 2004–2014) supplemented by specific Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) sector Ministries’ Strategic Plans. The ministry operates through the office of the Agriculture secretary and four technical directorates including Directorate of Extension, Research Liaison and Technical Training, Directorate of Crop and Land Management, Directorate of Policy and External Relations and Directorate of Agribusiness Marketing and Information
The ministry’s vision is to be a leading agent towards achievement of food security for all, employment creation, income generation and poverty reduction in Kenya.
Its mission is to improve the livelihoods of Kenyans by promotion of competitive agriculture through creation of an enabling environment, provision of support services and ensuring sustainable natural resources.
In executing its mandate and implementing its programmes and projects, the ministry collaborates with a number of stakeholders and development partners who include: JICA, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), European Union (EU), USAID, African Development Bank (ADB), Sida, COMESA and the World Bank.
In the recent past several policy reforms have been undertaken by the ministry and these include Revision of the Strategic Plan 2006 – 2010, Pyrethrum Industry Policy and Amendments of the Pyrethrum Act Cap 340, National Seed Industry Policy, National Agricultural Sector Extension Policy (NASEP), Development of a Sugar Policy and Amendment of Sugar Act. No.10 of 2001, Amendment of the Coffee Act No. 9 of 2001, Cotton Policy and Repeal of Cotton Industry Act Cap 335, National Food and Nutrition Policy (NFNP), National Potato Industry Policy (NPIP). for more info
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