Organization gives 416M to help fight drought.
USAID has set aside Sh416 million to run a program aimed at promoting cultivation of drought resistant crops in 6 counties across Kenya.
USAID will be conducting the program dubbed Feed the Future through another NGO known as International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Siaya, Elgeyo Marakwet, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Busia and Makueini counties.
According to the Feed the Future programs manager Patrick Audi the programs which is a global project on food security aims at reaching about 120,000 farmers, 20,000 per county.
Already in Siaya County, the manager stated that they have reached close to 10,000 farmers who they want to encourage to plant crops like groundnuts, green grams, sweet potatoes, millet and sorghum using modern farming techniques so as to avert hunger in future.
Addressing farmers during a farm field day at Ndiru village in Gem Sub County, Adui pointed out that many farmers have been experiencing episodes of food shortage since most of them still plant and depend mostly on Maize.
Audi regretted that currently Maize is no performing well in most parts of the country to due to poor rainfall and change of rainfall patterns that have been experienced in the recent past.