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WYCLIFFE MUGA: Food security hard nut to crack - 2 months ago, 8 Nov 00:16

By: Wycliffe Muga

From many years of studying the politics and the economy of Kenya, I have long concluded that getting it right on agriculture — coming up with the most viable policies in this sector — is the most difficult challenge that any of our leaders face.

And, as I have had cause to mention before, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s prioritising of ‘food security’ as one of his Big Four items on the national agenda does not really do justice to the importance of agriculture policy.

Let me illustrate this with two items from the news reports of the past few days.

First, there was a news report earlier this week on the imminent introduction of GMO cotton to Kenyan farms. This follows years of controversy and debate on whether or not any crop said to be genetically modified should be allowed into Kenya at all. Now if successful, this will revive the cotton industry and ...
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