Legal and Policy Facets of Arid Agriculture: An Agriculturalist's Perception
Bronson Eran’ogwa and Gideon Cheptarus represented TSP at a high-level meeting with Hon. William Cheptumo – Parliamentary Chairperson (government representative) in Kenya on 28 th, February, 2019 to discuss the topic of policy for Sustainable and inclusive Arid and Semi-Arid Agriculture.
Agricultural development is a complex process of interaction between the physical input – output relations of the agricultural system and the social and economic milieu of the national economy in a dynamic equilibrium. Land use planning and irrigation are strategic planning is vital to assess the future potential of the agricultural sector and achieve accelerated growth through judicious management of land and water resources.
Kenya’s Need for Desert Agricultural Innovation
By the year 2030 Kenya’s population is expected to grow by about a half, over 65.4 million and 85 million by 2050 (United Nations and Euro-monitor International). It is obvious that Kenya must find alternative sources of water. Rivers’ irrigation in Kenya accounts for only 8%, of the agricultural sector’s total use.
With little water, but an almost unlimited underground supply of water, Kenya must now focus in applied desert agriculture, and concentrate on developing new technologies for underground water irrigation of crops. Even though underground water is abundant in most arid regions in Kenya, such innovative research had never been conducted before in the country.
We change our approach on climate change and work with nature rather than against it. Let’s explore and expand our mindset from climate emergency to climate opportunity. Moving the date could deliver wealth & well-being and nature can provide all that if we work collaboratively. For too long the approach has been fragmented and that has to end today if we have any chance of achieving climate mitigation. New policies have to be developed and implemented if we have to achieve food security.