In line with the desire that counties achieve Food Security, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops – Catholic Justice & Peace Department (KCCB-CJPD) is implementing the Integrated Food Security Programme and one of the main aims is to ensure that County Governments put in place measures that promote Food Security, including enacting laws and policies since agriculture is a devolved function.
One of the gaps that the programme noted was the lack of food security legislation and policies at the county level. However, in Bomet and Kericho Counties, after presenting a petition to the County Assembly Committees for Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries, the Committees invited KCCB – CJPD representatives to defend their petitions and highlight key issues of concern and consideration.
“We are happy that Kericho County has considered our petition in their bill, which is set for the public participation stage. Food security is an authentically human requirement. Guaranteeing it for present and future generations also means safeguarding ourselves against the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources.” Rt Rev. Alfred Rotich
The committee through the Vice-Chair, Hon Erick Korir as assured the team led by Bishop of Kericho Rt Rev. Alfred Rotich that the Hon Members of the committee will lobby for the bill at the County Assembly.
According to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, availability, access, utilization and stability remain the four pillars of food security.