Food safety, Food Security and Nutrition plans top on Nairobi county government's Agenda.
Nairobi 24th May,2018
Nairobi City County Government Executive for Food, Agriculture and Forestry Arch. Peter Wachira has reaffirmed the City County's commitment in ensuring food safety,food security and nutrition to the Nairobians. This is the food system, using a multisectoral approach.
"The subject of food security is dear to all Kenyans as it is one of the Big 4 Agenda of H.E the President of Kenya. The vision of Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko is to have adequate food and nutrition security for all Nairobians". said Arch. Wachira.
He added that Nairobi county government has already approved the Nairobi Food Management Information System (NFMIS) plan and a budget allocation for the same. The Agriculture sector is also developing a Food System Strategy which will guide in achieving its agenda of having an efficient food systems.
Said Wachira" Nairobi county has put food safety,food security and nutrition high on its agenda. This is evidenced by the enactment of Urban Agriculture Promotion and Regulation Act 2015. One of the objectives of the Act is to contribute to food security through development of Agriculture in the county by empowering the people and institutions by allowing and facilitating agricultural activities for subsistence and commercial purposes".
Wachira was speaking at a workshop in Maanzoni Lodge Themed "Developing Sustainable Food Systems for Urban Areas: Experiences from African cities". organised by Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations in partnership with Nairobi City County Government. The food analysis workshop highlighted key hotspots that would provide priority areas of action through both policy,public- private sector engagement, such as food safety enforcement and awareness,nutrition education,governance of food supply chains to minimize price exploitation and infrastructure support such as waste management and provision of cold storage facilities in markets to ensure quality and safety of food traded.
FAO launched a pilot project in 2016 to assist municipalities meet their countries commitments on food system.
The project known as NADHALI has been implemented in three cities namely Nairobi,Dhaka,and Lima( NADHALI) with key aim of supporting responsible authorities in urban areas on building the foundations for developing food systems planning as key pillar for SDG 2 and 11 ; 'making cities and human settlements inclusive,safe,resilient and sustainable' and ending hunger and achieving food security and nutrition.
The main objectives of the NADHALI project were to develop a tool for the rapid appraisal of urban food systems,develop a participatory food governance mechanism that would facilitate effective and inclusive food systems planning and capacity building programme that would link analysis to governance and empower stakeholders in food system planning.
" FAO and Nairobi City County have been contributing towards reaching the ultimate food security goal, which is to ensure all Nairobians have access to adequate quantities of safe and nutritious food at all times. This is in line with Sustanable Development Goal (SDGs) 2 and11 which is also embedded in Article 43 of the Kenya Constitution and the Government is called upon to ensure its citizen are free from hunger and have adequate good quality food". Said Wachira.
The workshop brought together delagates from different cities of the world, such as Arusha, Bulawayo, Kampala, Kisumu, Mombasa, Milan, Windhoek, FAO representatives, Nairobi City County staff, Governments representatives as well as technical experts.