CAS with FAO Deputy Director General Mr Daniel Gustafson.

Foreign Affairs CAS Hon Ababu Namwamba today paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director General of Programs at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Hon Ababu thanked FAO for their work in Kenya and their global contribution towards eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. He assured the Director General of the Government’s commitment to FAO and in particular operations of the Country Office in Kenya. He delivered appreciation of the Kenya government for the support FAO has extended to the forthcoming Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi. FAO has made a donation to the conference budget, and DDG Gustafson confirmed to CAS Ababu that the organisation would send a high level delegation to the conference.

Hon Ababu urged FAO to align its programs and cooperation to the government’s big four agenda championed by President Uhuru Kenyatta that focuses attention on food and nutrition and security, manufacturing including agro-processing, universal health care and affordable housing. He further briefed DDG Gustafson on devolution and asked that FAO initiates programs to directly and actively support counties. “Devolution has transformed the development model in Kenya. Counties and the emerging regional blocks are swiftly becoming exciting magnets for investment and epicenters of growth and prosperity. I invite FAO to take advantage of this and tailor programs to work with counties especially in the areas of food and nutritional security, value chain enhancement and agri-processing”, CAS Ababu told Mr. Gustafson.

FAO was established in 1945 as a specialized agency of the United Nations with focus on agriculture, nutrition and food security. It has a network of sub-offices throughout Kenya in Coast and Eastern region as well as West Pokot.