Kenya has the largest, most diversified economy in East Africa. Agriculture is the backbone of this economy and central to the Government of Kenya’s development strategy. In fact, more than 75 percent of Kenyans make some part of their living in agriculture and the sector accounts for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Yet agricultural productivity is stagnating while Kenya’s population is rapidly growing. This poses critical challenges to food security in the country and two to four million people receive food aid annually. Only about 20 percent of Kenyan land is suitable for farming and maximum yields have not been reached in these areas, leaving
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Agriculture is central to the Government of Kenya’s development strategy and Kenya’s economy. In 2010, Kenya signed a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program compact to prioritize agricultural development. The Government of Kenya has also established a National Food and Nutrition Security Policy to provide an overarching framework to address poverty, hunger and undernutrition.
With the right incentives, opportunities exist to increase agricultural productivity as young entrepreneurial farmers enter the sector and embrace the use of technology to transform subsistence agriculture to commercial operation. Private investment is driving agricultural expansion;
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