The contribution of the Agricultural sector to Kenya’s growth cannot be understated. The sector contributes about 25% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 75% of raw materials used in industries. It further accounts for 65% of Kenya’s total exports, employing 60% of the populace- 18% formally and 42% informally.
The agriculture sector continues to be a fundamental pillar for sustainable development and transforming the economy and maximize the benefits of accelerated growth.
In order to realize set goals the Government through the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF) developed it’s Strategic Plan (2013 -2017) which was based on the Kenya Vision 2030, MTP II, Jubilee Manifesto, the Constitution, and Agriculture sector policies which aim to realize an innovative, commercially oriented and modern agricultural sector.
In order to achieve these changes farmers will have to adopt climate smart agricultural technologies while efforts will have to be put in place to increase involvement of the youth and PWDs in income generating ventures in the crops, livestock and fisheries sub sectors.
This sector based ENNOVA Ideation & Challenge aims to directly address the 2nd of the 17 proposed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is to;
- End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
All the while incorporating other related SDGs.