Kenya drew flak from its development partners for the alleged corruption in the nation’s agriculture sector and failure of the Ministry of Agriculture to implement key reforms.
There have been reports of corruption in the maize, fertilizer, seed, beef and milk sub-sectors, said Annika Nordin, head of Swedish Development Cooperation-Kenya, at a consultative meeting between the government and representatives of 18 development partners.
Donors also raised concern over the government’s investigation into irregularities in the maize sector, whose findings were due three months ago.
Agriculture Minister Sally Kosgei admitted that there had been fraud practices at agriculture parastatals, adding that investigations were already being conducted.
Failure to reform the maize sub-sector has resulted in some 23.4 billion shillings (USD297 million) in lost subsidies and taxes for Kenya during the 2008-2009 period, donors said. Envoys of Kenya’s development partners also urged the African nation to address food insecurity.
Among the envoys who attended the meeting include Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Shigeo Iwatani, U.S. Charge d’Affairs Lee Brudvig, Finland Deputy Head of Mission Theresa Zitting, Kenya Counselor for the United Nations Environment Program Dirk Bruinsma, and the U.S. Agency for International Development director for agriculture, business and environment office, Allen Fleming, Capital News reports.