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One Million Hectares Irrigation Project That Has Help Solved Food Shortage In Kenya (photos)

In 2014, the government set aside one million acres for the Galana Kalula irrigation project to expand the country's potential in combating hunger and malnutrition. Renowned Israeli company called Green Avava was contracted to install irrigation infrastructure. As of 2020, 85% of the was complete with the installation of pumps, centre pivots, drying slaps, machinery shades, garage, storage facilities and supply tractors.

Over the years, Kenya has faced severe food insecurity with the Global Hunger Index ranking it at position 84 out of 107 countries surveyed. With the Country's population projected to increase by 30% by 2030, the gap between food consumption and production must reduce to ensure 100% food and nutrition security.

The country has a deficit of 20 million bags annually and it is believed that 200,000 acres under irrigation would be enough to bridge the deficit. The sh400 billion projects are used production of maize, beans and horticulture in rotating them.

Sudan has the largest irrigated area in sub-Saharan Africa and the Second in all Africa, after Egypt. The total area under irrigation is more than 2 million hectares. Israel produces 95% of its food requirements in the desert. A well-established leader in water management, desalination and recycling techniques, Israel has set a template for reusing wastewater for irrigation.

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