The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives in partnership with Association of women in Agriculture, Kenya – AWAK, World Vision, ICRAF, VI-Agroforestry, CTCN, Nature Kenya among other stakeholders prioritized and commenced the drafting and review of the Kenya National Agro forestry strategy in year 2021. Promotion of agro forestry has a twin gain of a sustainable and resilient agriculture as well as mitigating and adapting to climate and other environmental risks.
This contribution includes averting land degradation while improving farm productivity, mitigating climate risks, increasing carbon storage capacity of agricultural lands, providing multiple and profitable market products that increase farmers income and nutritional security and several other benefits.
However, the benefits accruing from agroforestry have not been demonstrated well enough to guarantee countrywide adoption, implying that other drivers of adoption need to be pursued. The Kenya national agroforestry strategy therefore, aims to create a mechanism that can accelerate adoption of agroforestry for sustained benefits and resilience building at farm level.
The draft agroforestry strategy 2021-2030 was presented to the Policy Legislation and Standards Sector Working Group on 14th October 2021 and was approved for county stakeholder consultations. The first phase of county stakeholder consultations was held during the month of December covering 38 Counties.
The second phase commences in Mombasa for the Coast public participation forum, to take place at AWAK Centre, Mombasa. It will include participants from Mombasa, Kwale, Taita Taveta counties.