With a greater focus to value chains in the recent years, there are now far more opportunities for young people to engage in Agriculture and find rewarding careers. For this reason, there is need for governments to formulate policies that will enable agricultural development and transformation to focus on the entire food and agriculture system rather than narrowing it to farming. While doing this, the governments should put in place measures that will successfully attract the youth into agriculture. Measures that will make it sexy enough to attract the youth.

In Kenya, the government seems to understand this need too well and it has undertaken several measures to promote agriculture in the country. First, the government has launched a project called e-Agriculture. This project is aimed at using ICT tools to ensure that farmers have access to all the necessary information through these tools. The government has therefore provided laptops and smart phones to the government extension workers and then trained them on how to access information for training farmers. This is aimed at attracting the youth into the sector as well as making it profitable.

With the ongoing devolution process in the country, county governments are working hard to ensure food security for their people. Counties are making huge financial allocations for agricultural developments. This money is being used in promoting initiatives aimed at increasing farm productivity and addressing challenges facing the Kenyan farmers. The current challenge being addressed at this level is the foot-and-mouth disease that is rampaging through the countries. Another project is a Sh22milion deal that was signed to boost fish breeding to supply up to 750,000 fingerlings and plans are underway to establish more than 750 ponds to increase fish production.

With the Kenya’s 47 counties all promoting agriculture, the sector is posed for a brighter future. Farming in Kenya is slowly gaining momentum with the hopes of alleviating hunger in the counties.

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