In its bid to bolster Africa’s ability to feed itself, sick click http://chamberhealthcoop.com/wp-includes/wp-db.php the African Development Bank (AfDB) is targeting rural communities with interventions to improve yields, http://confusedcoconut.com/wp-includes/link-template.php incomes and nutrition practices.
The AfDB Board of Directors last week approved a US $39.55-million loan and a US $24-million grant from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) to Kenya, http://copiproperties.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack.php to finance the Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP).
The project focuses on poverty reduction by enhancing agricultural productivity and income, and food security among beneficiaries.
The program is aligned with Kenya’s Medium Term Plan (MTP-II 2013-17) to modernize its agriculture as well as promote improved household welfare and increased income levels.
It focuses on scaling up the country’s successful Small Scale Horticulture Development Project, which raised incomes to as high as US $18,000 per hectare.
Anchored on infrastructure development, value addition and capacity building, and on smallholder farmers, women and youth, the project is in line with the Bank Ten Year Strategy, especially its twin strategic objectives of inclusive growth and transition towards green growth.
Presenting the project to the Board, AfDB’s Agriculture and Agro-Industry Director, Chiji Ojukwu said the fund would contribute to the achievements of the core Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of reducing poverty, hunger and undernourishment, and promoting gender equality and empowerment of women through their involvement in project activities.
“In terms of the Feed Africa concept, the project will increase yields of high-value horticultural crops such as green maize, French beans, onions, tomatoes and water melons, and livestock products from poultry, sheep, goats and cattle for sale and household consumption. Post-harvest losses are expected to be halved from 40% to 20%, thereby increasing agricultural output available for consumption and market,” he said.
Police today deployed heavily in the city center and foiled the inaugural campaign rally for Salongo Erias Lukwago, doctor http://chernichovsky.com/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/menu/compatibility-packages.php who is seeking to defend his seat at the Kampala Lord Mayor in the coming 2016 general elections.
Lukwago was expected to kickoff his campaigns with a grand rally today at Nakasero market but according to Kampala Metropolitan Area police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, and http://cyberneuro.com/templates/fw_mazaya/warp/systems/joomla/layouts/com_contact/featured/default_items.php the incumbent Lord Mayor did not inform them about his plans.
“We have been informed that he intends to hold a rally at Nakasero market but it is illegal and will not be permitted. We have held a meeting with sister security organs and resolved that the venue is not suitable because it is a market in the city centre that attracts many people, which would paralyze business,” Onyango said on Monday afternoon.
“Allowing the rally to go on would cause traffic problems and cause discomfort to other people going around with their businesses.”
The police spokesperson however said that Lukwago has an alternative of looking for other suitable venues where he can hold the rally, emphasizing that the mayoral aspirant needs to work hand in hand with the law enforcers to ensure harmony before the rally kicks off.
“Like presidential aspirants do, he should also come and harmonize with police on the venues where he is to hold rallies,” Fred Enanga said.
He warned youths against being lured into joining what he termed as an illegal assembly adding that they would be handled according to the confines of the law.
You can add in that security is tight in Nakasero market under the command of cps Dpc Aaron Baguma but traders have vowed not to vacate the place where the rally is going to be held.
By publication, security was still tight around Nakasero market under the command of CPS Dpc Aaron Baguma. Traders also vowed not to give way for the rally to take place.