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article imageKenya: Farmer group lauded for promoting regional integration Special

By Evans Kanini     Nov 12, 2013 in Food
Agricultural experts and farmers attending a three-day workshop in Kenya have hailed the giant farmers body for being effective and people-driven in the promotion of regional integration.
The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation convened the regional workshop recently at the Pride Inn hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, to share experiences in the agricultural policy processes at both national and regional levels, under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
Several agricultural experts and farmers from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania attended the workshop.
EAFF's President Mr Philip Kiriro and the organizations chief executive officer Mr Stephen Muchiri were also in attendance.
Others present were the policy and advocacy manager of the Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) Mr Caleb Gumisiriza, the CAADP country process facilitator Dr Mbosonge Mwenechanya and the Director General for Research, Extension and Training Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Juba, Southern Sudan Mr George Leju Lugor.
Farmers and experts noted that EAFF was committed in coordinating other central players in agriculture in the region to showcase outstanding achievements, under the comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program me (CAADP).
EAFF is a non-political, non-profit and democratic apex organization of all farmers of Eastern Africa.
The participants averred that EAFF had spurred great agricultural growth in the region by conglomerating other stakeholders during the historic workshop it organized at the Pride Inn hotel.
They further noted that EAFF had excelled in its role of voicing legitimate concerns and interests of farmers in the region, with the aim of enhancing regional cohesiveness and social-economic status of the farmers.
The Federation, the participants stated, had also promoted regional integration of farmers through trade and good neighborliness.
They described Mr Kiriro and Mr Muchiri as charismatic, selfless and committed professionals who were determined to make the giant farmers organization scale giddy heights in agricultural development in the entire region.
The workshop mainly focused on the experiences of farmer organizations in the CAADP process at the national and regional levels.
The workshops overall objective was to strengthen the engagement of EAFF in the CAADP process, both regionally and nationally.
The symposium was also geared at making the participants learn more about the CAADP process, and various opportunities that would make them engage more effectively in the CAADP processes, at the regional and national level.
More information on EAFF can be found on this website www.eaffu.org
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