Ministry of Agriculture launches a countrywide food campaign to support households against the COVID-19 pandemic

Grace Musembi, a farmer at Kasikeu in Makueni County

The National Business Compact on COVID- 19 (NBCC) has joined hands with the Ministry of Agriculture in an effort to help boost the immunity of Kenyans during the COVID-19 period.

Dubbed 1 Million Kitchen Garden Campaign the campaign will be spearheaded by the Ministry Of Agriculture as it seeks to ensure availability of vegetables, fruits and herbs to enhance proper nutrition in over one million households across the country through the use of kitchen gardens.

The pilot phase of the campaign will begin with 15,000 farmers across 47 counties who will act as peer-educators. They will play a crucial role in educating community members on technologies to produce, prepare and preserve green leafy vegetables in a bid to boost household immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Chief Administration Secretary- Ministry of Agriculture, Anne Nyaga, The launch of the 1 Million Kitchen Garden Campaign was vested by the Kenyan Government after it identified that proper nutrition can be used as a measure to stop-gap the spread of the coronavirus. The introduction of the kitchen garden through this campaign, will ensure access to a healthy inexpensive diets that contains adequate macro- and micronutrients. The garden will also play a big role as they will act as a source of food and income for poor household’s in areas where people have limited income-earning opportunities.

Through the support of the Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP), Makueni County will be the front runners of this campaign having the initial farmers who will be the peer-educators on simple technologies to produce, prepare and preserve green to the communities.

Some of the kitchen garden technologies that the farmers will be taken through country wide will include; Multi-storey gardens, cone garden, hanging gardens,  micro-gardens (buckets, tyres, other containers) , moist bed gardens, staircase garden, aquaphonics and  food robe garden.

The National Business Compact on COVID-19, (NBCC) has mobilized a total of KES 80 Million that was used to support government efforts to combat the spread, effects and impact of COVID- 19 in Kenya. In addition to this, they have partnered with local media houses to sensitize and educate the public

The implementation of this campaign will be supported by three GoK Projects namely; The National Agriculture and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP),The Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP) and The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP).