Dr. Daniel M’Mailutha, the CEO of the Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF), recently held a meeting with Honorable Leonard Bor, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries. This collaborative effort underscores a shared commitment to uplift and empower the agricultural community in the region.
As the apex umbrella organization representing farmers across Kenya, KENAFF boasts an impressive membership base of 837,000 farmers, encompassing various value chains and spanning all 47 counties in the country. Leveraging its extensive network and expertise, KENAFF aims to enhance support structures for farmers in Nakuru County through strategic partnerships and targeted initiatives.
During the courtesy call, discussions revolved around KENAFF’s ambitious plans to establish a five-acre Centre of Excellence for tree growing in Nakuru. With the generous support of Icare, a renowned German organization dedicated to environmental sustainability, this initiative aims to equip local farmers with the knowledge, resources, and best practices necessary to optimize tree cultivation and conservation efforts. By promoting sustainable forestry practices, the Centre of Excellence holds the promise of bolstering environmental resilience and enhancing livelihoods within the community.
Furthermore, KENAFF is actively pursuing partnerships with industry stakeholders to address the pressing issue of healthcare access among farmers. Recognizing that over 90% of farmers lack adequate insurance coverage, KENAFF is exploring collaboration opportunities with BRITAM insurance to provide its members with essential health insurance. This initiative underscores a commitment to holistic well-being and underscores the federation’s dedication to addressing the multifaceted needs of its members beyond agricultural production.
The meeting was attended by key stakeholders from the Nakuru County Government, including Fredrick Owino, the County Director for Agriculture, and Lynnette Echessa from the Department of Agriculture. Their presence underscores the significance of interagency collaboration in driving impactful change and fostering sustainable agricultural development within the region.
As the partnership between KENAFF and the Nakuru County Government continues to evolve, it holds the promise of unlocking new opportunities, building resilience, and empowering farmers to thrive in a rapidly changing agricultural landscape. Together, they are poised to chart a path towards a more prosperous and sustainable future for farming communities in Nakuru County and beyond