Food Security in Kenya: Rice Research Agenda

by Kimani Munji

The article talks rice being posed to play a key role in Kenya, in providing or meeting food and nutritional needs of her people. However, there are challenges to be overcome; among them, land degradation, growing population, climate change and variability, expanding consumption. All these have contributed to huge rice imports despite the fact that Kenya has the capacity to produce enough for her domestic consumption and even export to the region and overseas markets.

Key players that are working in tandem to ensure food and nutritional security is secured are: the Rice Promotion Unit (RIPU) a brainchild of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), World Bank, East Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (EAAPP) covering Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Africa Rice Centre (ARC), International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education (ICCAE), Kenya Seed Company, Vibha Seed (Ke) limited, and other regional Institutions like ASARECA, and National Agricultural Research Systems like Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI).

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