Maize provides basic diet for millions of people in Kenya. Majority of farmers grow it regardless of land suitability. In the event of prolonged drought, the crop fails thus leaving farmers food insecure.
To boost household Food security and Nutrition, Agriculture CS Hon Peter Munya has urged Kenyans to embrace food diversification such as traditional food crops, as maize crisis continues to hit different countries due to climate change. The CS was speaking during the opening of the Nakuru National Agricultural Show where he represented the President.
He noted that Crop Diversification provides smallholder farmers with a diversity in diet, improves their income and nutrition security.
However, to make maize available and affordable in the country, the CS said that the government is working on a lasting solution.