The World Bank has lauded Kenya and other East African countries for their efforts in increasing of agricultural productivity and improving nutrition among citizens.
Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region said Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda were together taking steps to marshal the power of science, boost food and dairy production, empower farmers, and keep children in school as well as increasing daily meals.
“I am pleased that this program is well-aligned with the objectives of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) to increase agricultural productivity and improve nutrition, both of which are key to building Africa's human capital,” said Diop.
“These success stories show how science and technology is enabling African farmers to grow more nutritious food and boost inclusive growth.”
According to the World Bank, the success stories are drawn from work done under the aegis of the East African Agricultural Productivity Programme (EAAPP) financed by the World Bank and partners.
The overarching goal of the EAAPP is to increase agricultural productivity and growth in Eastern Africa, focusing on priority commodities such as cassava, rice, wheat and smallholder dairy production.
The project is implemented by ASARECA, the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa and supports the objectives set by African countries through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).