Kenya is among the African countries that have agreed to set aside 10 per cent of their budgets to agriculture, but the sector receives a paltry 3.8%, this may not all be the Treasury’s fault

Poor persuasion and weak advocacy by the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries are some of the reasons cited during Kenya’s Biennial Review (BR) 2019 of the Malabo Declaration for the low allocation of funds to the sector.

Enhancing investment finance in agriculture that requires a country to set aside 10 per cent of its budget spending to the sector, is one of the seven Malabo Declaration commitments.

“Agriculture officials do not present a convincing enough argument during the budget making for more funds to be given to the sector,” said a Treasury official during the workshop.

Other reasons include poor absorption of funds, especially at the county level, and diversion of agriculture finances for instance, to build feeder roads, among others.

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