Biting drought indicates little learnt from past occurrences
SEE ALSO :State can do better on food securityIt is unconscionable that 50 years after the first man- Neil Armstrong- landed on the moon, we in Kenya still grapple with the basics of food and water. Kenya is a land of incredible promise and admirable will, even in the face of adversity. There is no doubt that Kenyans will ride out the drought. What is sorely lacking is the political will to manipulate and harness nature’s gifts like water and sun (until recently, wind) for man’s benefit. That the December 2018-March 2019 season was unusually very dry ought to have prompted conversations on what to do to tackle the attendant drought and starvation. Nobody will excuse the failure to plan. It is reassuring that the government has set aside Sh2 billion to buy food rations for those affected and thereby mitigate the calamity. Yet that only amounts to a band-aid solution to what is truly a complex problem.
SEE ALSO :Two million Kenyans facing food crisisThe underlying issues like over-reliance on rain-fed agriculture, poor quality seeds, poor farming methods, substandard fertilizers, lack of funds to plant the crops and a marketing strategy on how the harvested crops will get to the market continues to undermine the quest for food security. One of the ways this can be done is by making adequate plans from the planting to harvest seasons. All these have conspired to make food insecurity a recurrent problem, year-in, year-out. The elephant in the room, of course, is corruption. The construction of Kimwarer and Arror dams in West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties is clouded by allegations of corruption. The 1 million-acre Galana-Kulalu Irrigation Scheme in Kilifi and Tana River counties has stalled with Sh7 billion sunk into it. So what to do?
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