Date: 15th November 2017
The Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) Kenya team participated in this year’s AgriProFocus Network Day held on 15th November 2017 whose theme was ‘Investing in Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) to enhance food security in a changing climate.’ the forum brought together players in the Agriculture Value Chain including Input providers, farmers, distributors, support services providers and marketers. The overall objective of the day was to bring together real cases of climate smart technologies that enhance food security.
Ms. Karin Boomsma, the SIB Kenya’s Coordinator together with the SIB team co-chaired and moderated the workshop on ‘Enhancing food security and business opportunities through food waste and loss reduction in a changing climate’ with SNV and Kenya Society of Crop Agribusiness Advisors (SOCCA).
This workshop sought to establish sustainable and inclusive solutions to food waste and loss across the food value chain as well as identify the challenges and opportunities in the same. It emerged that both the Private Sector and governments have a role to play in cutting on food losses and waste through opening up markets, investing in infrastructure, enforcing laws/policies, investing in information dissemination across the value chain and deploying extension officers to farmers.
Ms. Boomsma highlighted the need to significantly reduce food loss and waste if we are to end hunger by the year 2030. She also mentioned that food production is resource intensive and puts a strain to the planet hence the need to produce and consume sustainable.