Ruto, Blinken hold talks over food insecurity, peace

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Ruto, Blinken hold talks over food insecurity, peace
Ruto, Blinken hold talks over food insecurity, peace

Africa-Press – Kenya. US Secretary of State Antony Bliken has pledged to work with the Ruto administration in addressing food insecurity in the country.

Blinken met with President William Ruto in New York where Ruto is leading Kenya’s delegation at the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

“Good meeting with Kenyan President William Ruto to discuss our countries’ ongoing efforts to address food insecurity and regional peace and security,” Blinken said on Thursday.

“I look forward to strengthening our strategic partnership, especially on trade and investment,” he added in a statement on Twitter.

The 77th UNGA coincides with the worst drought in the Horn of Africa with many countries in the region including Kenya experiencing unprecedented effects in the last forty years.

Government statistics and data from UN agencies show that 3.5 million Kenyans are in dire need of food.

Among Ruto’s agenda at the UN meeting is to hold discussions with world leaders on fertiliser production and green energy aimed at enhancing Kenya’s agricultural production.

Prior to his US trip, Ruto effected a fertiliser subsidy which he said will empower farmers to produce food at an affordable cost and hence lower food prices in the country.

He said food subsidies were unsustainable and had zero effect in alienating the high cost of living.

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