TUM to steer FAO funded Food Security Project on behalf of Coast governors
Technical University of Mombasa has signed a pact with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization on behalf of the Coast governors’ economic block, Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani JKP.
The UN agency will fund the project that seeks to turn the region’s food fortune around to a tune of Sh 11.4 Million while TUM will provide expertise, consultancy and research services owin to its established University structure.
Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Laila Abubakar and FAO country representative Dr Gabriel Rugalema inked the pact that was endorsed by Mombasa governor Hassan Joho, Tana River’s Hussein Dado, Taita/Taveta’s JohnMruttu and Kilifi’s Amason Kingi.
Also present were: TUM Council chair Dr Kevit Desai, Mombasa County Secretary Francis Thoya, his Kwale counterpart Martin Mwaro who represented his boss and JKP chair Kwale governor Salim Mvurya, Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Joseph Rasowo.
The four county chiefs committed themselves to the project dubbed Supporting Formulation of Food and Nutrition Security for Coast Counties saying it will boost availability of food to residents.
“When we started off as a regional economic block we faced resentment but we have managed. We are confident that TUM together with local scholars will take us to the Promised Land” said Joho.
“We have more arable land in Coast that needs a proper plan to actualize food security. This is a special occasion and step that we fully support,” said Kingi.
JKP has been working with Coast based universities including TUM, Pwani and Taita Taveta and local scholars to improve the region’s economy boosting the tourism sector, agriculture, establishing a regional economic block among others.
“FAO will mobilize and facilitate a team of 18 professionals from TUM and JKP secretariat and 2 technical lead consultants to formulate the Jumuiya 2030 Sector Plan: Agriculture, Livestock and, Fisheries and the Blue Economy and a detailed JKP Gender sensitive Food & Nutrition Security Strategy 2017 – 2030” said Rugalema.
TUM together with JKP are partners of the JKP formation with mandates for research, development and operational support of the JKP Secretariat under their respective University charters and signed cooperation Agreement
TUM being a public university has established state corporation structures and operational systems under the Universities Act 2012 with experience to manage implementation of this cross cutting project.