Feed the Future Kenya Agriculture Regulatory Capacity Building Program

Feed the Future Kenya Agriculture Regulatory Capacity Building Program (FOODSCAP) is a three-year program implemented by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS). It is funded as part of Feed the Future (FtF), the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative that helps to increase agricultural production and reduce poverty and malnutrition. The program was developed to address challenges like the shortage of improved crop varieties and plant protection options for orphan crops or open pollinated varieties (OPVs) as majority of the breeders give little or no attention to these crops. These crops tend to be regionally traded around the world. In addition, crops such as bananas, passion fruit and cassava tend to suffer from lack of clean planting material that inhibits production; there are also challenges of food safety like aflatoxins, pesticide residues and heavy metal on food; further, more emerging pests and diseases needing rapid response are evident in daily regulatory work.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 8:15am

Last updated: March 05, 2019