Experts are now calling for new ways of food production to stem the growing wave of food-insecure people in the country.
This is in the face of increasingly erratic climate patterns and depleted soil nutrients.
Statistics show 14.5 million Kenyans are food-insecure, while the number of acutely food-insecure people in need of emergency food assistance has also increased throughout 2019 from an estimated 1.1 million in February to 1.6 million in May and 2.6 million by July.
“With the situation continuing to present major challenges to Kenyans, we need to re-think how we approach food and farming in the country,” said Biovision Africa Trust Executive Director David Amudavi.
Dr Amudavi made the remarks during a recent virtual media workshop on climate change, declining biodiversity and poor soil quality.
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“Agroecology has established itself in the scientific and political debate as a way to ensure food security, maintain healthy ecosystems and support livelihoods. The practice builds on key elements that promote and ensure healthy nutritious food for all.”
He said agroecological principles and practices should be applied so as to strengthen farmers’ resilience and enhance food production.
Amudavi further explained that agroecology is a consciousness that humans are part of a life support system with nature and that their life depends on this system.
“Since agroecology is a scientific discipline, a farming practice and a social movement, it can build on farmers’ and consumers’ knowledge in establishing sustainable agricultural development. What is needed is appropriate enabling anchoring po